There’s this idea going around that in order to strike a balance in your work life, you should work smarter and not harder. As a business owner, entrepreneur, manager, or team member, that philosophy only works if you are content with the results or output that you are currently achieving.
I believe that the path to ultimate freedom (financial and time) requires us to work harder AND work smarter.
Here’s the thing about that idea: If you’re working harder and smarter, then you’re making the most of every single minute. When I see people struggling with time management and working 60 and 70 hour work weeks, it’s because they’re not maximizing every minute and being intentional with the time that they ideally spend working.
My desire for my team is that they come to work, hustle 100%, and then they’re able to go home and never check their email until the next day. That’s working harder and smarter, because they’re maximizing every single minute. Being intentional about the tasks we need to accomplish during the timeframe that we set to accomplish them not only provides that freedom to work on a side hustle (or for business owners, take your company to the next level), but it also gives us the freedom to enjoy our passions and personal lives (family, friends, vacations).
Work plays a significant role in all of our lives. If balance is what you’re looking for, try committing to working harder and smarter. If you’re trying to fit in a side hustle, try working harder and smarter during your 9 to 5 AND your side hustle. If you’re trying to take your business to the next level, this is your only option, and you must work harder and smarter.