The Care and Feeding of Your Happiness Quotient
In all this talk about hustle and working and systems to get things done faster and other work advice floating in the ether, I don’t hear anyone talking about the importance of your mind set and the effect it has on your job. Yes, hustle is important – without working what sometimes can feel like 24/7/365 I know I wouldn’t be as successful as I am – but if you don’t ever stop the hustle for breaks, you risk developing a mindset that can throw everything you are working far off track.
I’m not talking about work-life balance – we covered ten tips for balance already – I’m talking about work-YOU balance: feeding your creativity and making connections that are just about making something for the sake of making it. Creating something (anything) can take time from your hustle, but it does wonders for your attitude, your level of happiness (I like to call it my happiness quotient), how you relate to others, and your sense of accomplishment.
So you don’t feel creative or like you can make anything? Bull shit. Everyone can make something. I didn’t say it had to be a Picasso level painting, or a Shakespeare quality book, or a knitting project to rival the Coat of Many Colors, or anything like that. Just think of something you’ve always wanted to do that will make something, and go spend some of your hustle time doing it. By creating something tangible with your hands or mind, you will in turn feed the creativity and scope of the work you have been head down and hustling for.
I fed my happiness quotient last night by heading out to chat with other writers about a song I’m writing (so far, it’s not an awesome song, but writing it is making me happy). It was just what I needed to reset my busy day and busy week ahead. I woke up as happy as Pollyanna today, ready to hustle even harder for work. Last week, I spent some time painting (pictures, not walls). It doesn’t matter if you finger paint with your kids, make a play-doh monkey, build a robot for your kids or go create a serious sculpture out of scrap metal: go make something.
What have you made lately? How did it make you feel? Did you find that it ended up helping you refocus on work?