In the dictionary, the word “hustle” has a negative connotation of getting something by force or illegal means. However, the term “hustle” or the “grind” is a slang that is widely used by millennials in a much more positive manner. According to the Urban Dictionary, it refers to having “the courage, confidence, self belief, and self-determination to go out there and work it out until you find the opportunities you want in life.”
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It is a common sight to see students and young working adults hustling for their grades, career and opportunities. As a university student myself, I have definitely caught myself saying, “Time to hustle!” when the examinations are right around the corner. On the other hand, I have also seen friends and young adults trying their best to balance their studies and their internships, and even a business that they have started, which is honestly such an impressive feat. In fact, TheMeetUpSG was also founded in 2017 while both the Founder, Rosini, and Co-founder, Darlene were still students!
It might sound like a dream to be able to achieve so much at a young age. Little do you know, sometimes, sacrifices have to be made in order for them to hustle for what they want. They have to give up on sleep, socialising with friends and miss out on creating meaningful experiences. Tremendous effort needs to be put in to achieve what they want, sometimes one must challenge social norms and expectations faced by the family. Hence, it is easy to feel burnt out and exhausted after a long time. Sadly, giving up is not uncommon too.
It is thus, important to find the balance between hustling for your dreams and recharging yourself. As someone who has gone through similar experiences, here are some tips for achieving the work-life balance in the hustle culture.
1. Create a Planner and Routine
My first tip is for you to organize the different tasks and commitments you have. By planning out your time well, you’d be surprised by how much time you can free up to rest and socialise with others. Conversely, when you realise the long list of tasks on your agenda, it forces you to procrastinate less and make better use of your time. It spurs you on to work even harder to achieve your goals and aspirations. A routine can also provide you some order and direction in your life.
Check out our article on “Staying Productive & Organized 101” for an editable template that you can use to plan and keep track of your responsibilities. Also, take this planning to figure out what matters to you most and prioritise them in your planner. Remember to give yourself sufficient rest time!
2. Separating Your Business and Personal Life
For those that are working as well, it is important to set your work boundaries. This may seem even harder to achieve with the work-from-home arrangement during times of COVID-19. It is easy to let work overwhelm you, even during your weekends and rest time, leading to extreme burnt-out. Additionally, it can start to negatively impact your social life when you are consistently working and not making time for your loved ones. A plausible suggestion would be to clearly dedicate the weekends for non-work related commitments. You can even set a cut-off timing on the weekdays so that you would not check your emails after a certain timing.
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3. Health is Wealth
Though it is easy to lose track of time or even skip meals when you are so immersed in your work, remember to have adequate rest times and eat your meals regularly. Healthy eating and sleeping habits improve your energy level and spirits for you to stay motivated. Additionally, it is important to stay hydrated all the time. Personally, I can be so focused on the tasks that I forget to hydrate myself for the whole day. To solve this, I’ll make sure to fill up my water bottle and leave it beside me to constantly remind me to hydrate myself!