There is a sickness that happens when you work from home, and it's the morning, and you're tired and you don't have any meetings or client calls lined up for the new few hours. It's called "I'll-just-do-that-later-itis". You might also know it as "I'll-just-sleep-another-hour-fluenza".
Symptoms of this sickness include sleepiness, hunger even though you've just eaten, a sudden and intense interest in Law and Order SVU reruns, bird watching, and a strange twitch in your pointer finger that results in the regular reloading of your twitter notifications feed.
When you're starting to run out of cash, or you're actually hungry because you haven't eaten in two days, or your butt hurts cause you haven't moved off the couch, you might check these symptoms on WebMD. And in true WebMD fashion, it will alert you of your grim prognosis: "You've completely and utterly destroyed your business by ignoring your responsibilities". Right after you discover that the tiny pimple on your face is assuredly cancer and you sneezed, therefore you've most certainly come down with SARS.
But WebMD is a liar, and your business hasn't failed. You may have no clients, but you don't have to close your doors. Also that pimple isn't cancer, and that sneeze was just a little dust. Go vacuum your rug.
There is a cure for your ailment. Like a drooping plant that just needs a little water, you just need a little hustle. And like exercise, the more you hustle, the easier it gets.
Here's how you do it.
That is what hustle is. It is waking up every day and completing tasks. It's what makes the world go round.
A lot of what we do can seem really insurmountable sometimes. It can seem like all our obstacles are really big. When you're broke, or don't have a clients, or things just aren't going as planned, it's really easy for laziness and procrastination to grow uncontrollably.
Just like the mold in that coffee mug you left out last week.
But major achievements don't happen overnight. Our goals and desires do not manifest out of a few big pulses of effort, they come to be through repeated tiny actions. For your dreams to come true, you have to hustle each and every opportunity you can.
And the key to hustling isn't coming up with big solutions, or making quick wins, or getting out of jail free. It's not making lists of things to do, or brainstorming, or wondering why things aren't working the way you want.
Hustling is taking small steps. It's accomplishing individual tasks that add up to one awesome whole. It's moving around the board, going passed Go, and collecting $200. It's finishing a block of code, publishing a blog entry, submitting an application for work, adding a new function to a website, writing a complete book chapter, coding a new level in your iPhone game. It's tackling each task on its own, one by one. A steady march to victory.
Also, by using my method of tackling small, individual, isolated, tasks, you feel a sense of achievement that is deeply satisfying. When you can go home and say "Today, I finished something", you will rest easy at night instead of lying awake wondering the identities of those two jerks that unfollowed you this morning.
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What's also great about this style of working is that the busier you are, the less likely you are to procrastinate. Believe it or not, it's far easier to mange your time when your calendar is full. Not to mention, hustling is a habit. It gets easier and easier to get into the flow each day. Soon, you'll be jumping out of bed to get started each day. And that's the goal, right? To love our jobs? To want to wake up and work and feel fulfilled each day?
So go now, drink that beverage, accomplish that task. Hustle, my friend, hustle.