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?


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  2. Matt Nelson August 3, 2010

    Well said Leslie. I feel like a get this boost when ever we launch a new website. Sometimes it's hard to stick with that when projects get larger and take longer to finish, but there is always that excitement of launch, feedback from live public users, and the real world effect it has on a business. I take great pride and enjoyment when I get to release each and every project out from it's development process, no matter how long it takes sometimes! 🙂

  3. geechee_girl August 3, 2010

    That's awesome making stuff that's work related. I hope you also make stuff that has nothing to do with your hustle and everything to do with YOU though. 🙂

  4. Matt Nelson August 3, 2010

    You bring up another good point there, and the unfortunate answer at this point in time is not lately. But I should definitely try to do so more often that's for sure. Easy to get in a creative funk when your not “exploring the space” on a regular enough basis or in some cases not at all. 🙂

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