So you graduated college, unsure of what you were going to do and decided to take it slow. Or maybe you have a full plan on what you wanted to do but decided to take a much needed, well-deserved break. Either way, at some point the slow vacation-like mode has to end. Going from slow and steady to full on hustle is tough but that’s where we come in.
I’m writing this for myself as much as I’m writing this for anyone reading this now who is struggling with the same task.
Since graduating in December, I’ve spent most of my time writing for Metiza, occasionally my personal blog, toying with the idea of writing a book, and reading anything I can get my hands on.
Now here we are, already June, and I’m beginning to feel the urge to hustle. But instead of just going cold-turkey on my relaxation, I’ve began to incorporate more of these tasks into my daily schedule. A couple of hours writing here. A little leisure reading there. Minimal burnout.
It’s so easy to go all in, throwing yourself into the grind after taking a hiatus. It is important to ease into this to avoid burnout. The actual work you plan on doing needs to feel fun in some way. It shouldn’t feel forced. The moment it does is the moment you need to step back.
Don’t begin the hustle because you feel like you need to. Do it because you want to.
Your desire to have a career you love should be the biggest motivator. If you’re like me and working a typical 9-5 call center job while working on side hustles, it’s a little more difficult to fit in time after work. This is when it’s important to use any downtime, breaks, and days off as grind time. No one should expect you to use the entire time for work as rest is important. But you can still use a couple of hours to finish up tasks.
If you’re a writer, carry a notebook or utilize your notes app to jot down ideas or write out stories. Heck, utilize that notes app even if you aren’t a writer. When you’re creating anything thoughts come randomly, you need to be prepared. Those thoughts are precious.
So too is your time. I’m a big planner and find comfort in having some sort of schedule written down. It doesn’t have to be concrete, just a guide. I recently bought a physical planner to try and schedule deadlines for myself, and while it’s a slow process to build that routine, it has helped me. Whether you decide to get a physical planner or use your calendar app, dedicating time to what you need to get done helps you mentally prepare to do that task. It’s also a physical reminder of what you need to get done to reach that next step.
Making this transition is a bit stressful. Making sure you have people around you to support you is going to make it just a bit easier. Yes we can create schedules for ourselves till the day we die and utilize every single free second towards our work. But if we don’t have people around us to support us, motivate us, and blow off steam with, what’s the point? It’s amazing to have people next to you get excited when you achieve your goals. It’s also a great way to have someone else hold you accountable for your actions.
The biggest help to me has been remembering why I started. Why I chose to start writing and specifically why I chose to use the platforms I have. It would’ve been so easier for me, career wise, to work for a large newspaper right out of college. But I know I’d be unhappy and would much rather be here with Metiza and this amazing team while building up my own blog from the ground up.
Relaxation is always tempting and something we shouldn’t deprive ourselves from. Whatever it is that you are working on, or considering to begin working on again, should be worth you putting in the effort. If you aren’t looking forward to doing the tasks, maybe you need to take a little more time to regroup. That’s okay.
Find your lane, do you, and you’ll be successful. Ease back into the hustle and soon enough, it’ll feel as normal as ever.