As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there’s been a sudden surge of people who aim to capitalise everything they do. When was the last time you heard the word ‘hobby’? Hobbies aren’t a thing anymore – it’s all about the side hustle.
It isnâ€™t on trend to be doing something simply because you enjoy it – thatâ€™s so 2016. You need to see your passions as tools to create projects that you can profit from. If you donâ€™t have spare time to do anything else, youâ€™ve succeeded. Youâ€™re doing something you love anyway, so it shouldnâ€™t matter.
Iâ€™m not a fan of how putting your heart, soul and every living moment into a business is being portrayed as the best route to success.
The Glamorisation of Overworking in the Media
Unfortunately, as with many of todayâ€™s issues, we cannot solely blame the media for the downfall of ‘just doing things for fun’. This trend is no longer just present in the communicative means of larger corporations and organisations; it’s sneaked its way into the vocabulary of a range of creatives and entrepreneurs. If you work for yourself, you’ll know what I mean. If not, please do embrace the fact that you’re not emotionally entangled in your career.
To sum up what I mean by the glamorisation of overworking, I thought I’d curate some of the lovely content out there created to enforce feelings of inadequacy and the need to put work before eating, sleeping and breathing.
If you want to be successful, you’ve got to hustle every second that you can.
Anyone who doesn’t say yes to every opportunity isn’t passionate enough about their project or business.
You can’t succeed without devoting your life to your career.
Stop communicating with everyone you already know and start communicating with opportune agencies online.
Okay, that last one was a bit extortionate and very much false. You know what I mean, though. Perhaps it’s more of a regular subtext than an outright useless nugget of wisdom.
The Glamorisation of Overworking in our Peers
I don’t need to tell you that *surprise!* what we see in the media affects our behaviours, language and pretty much everything we think and do. Pretty crazy, pretty cool and incredibly unnerving. As a result, the ‘side-hustle’ trend is making its way into our day to day life in another out-of-our-control medium – the people around us.
Peer pressure, whether intentional or not, is definitely influential to every individual, whether we like it or not. Here are a few examples of how the glamorisation of overworking is finding its way into our day-to-day lives.
I’ve just got so much going on, I was up all night going through my emails!
*Makes sure phone isn’t on silent so that everyone within 10km hears every notification*
*Is told phones must be kept on silent so leaves phone facing up so everyone within 10km sees it light up with every notification*
Let’s go for coffee! I should be available around March 2019 – how does that sound?
In my opinion, it’s absolutely wonderful to be so passionate about a business or project, but it’s important to remember if you want to give something your all, it doesn’t mean that you have to give it all your time, too.
As an advocate for positive mental health, I’m determined to constantly reiterate how important it is to live at (the healthiest version of) your pace. Be honest with yourself – how many hours, realistically, do you think you’ll be able to ring creativity out of your mind for? Probably not as many as you think, and most likely not as many as you’re currently attempting.
Please don’t overwork yourself, no matter what you’re told and what you read – nothing is more important than your wellbeing.
photo: Franzetti Photography