We need to stop glamorizing hustle culture.

Hustling in the right direction is great. But what if someone’s hustling just for the sake of it ?

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Hustle culture is neither a new phenomenon nor a novel millennial trend. It’s always existed since the beginning of the industrial age. The difference between the earlier days and now is that hustle culture has gotten a huge shot in the arm from many modern day innovations that promote and even encourage it. Ride hailing, 24 x 7 food delivery services, grocery services, on-demand household services, and online shopping are just a few examples of innovations that promote and encourage hustle culture.

After all, why get up to take a break and make yourself a meal when an app can get it delivered to your doorstep in just a few clicks?

These apps have insidiously manged to blur the lines between the personal and the professional. The call of work no longer ends at the office, but extends to the home; following us straight into our living rooms, and even our bedrooms at times.

Laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers enable us to continue working even after we’ve got back home when we should be mentally off at work, while being both mentally and physically present at home. We’re physically present here, but mentally somewhere else. Some looming deadline. Some office gossip, yada yada yada. Even though home offices aren’t novel, they have come back in vogue, what with the pandemic and all forcing companies to ask their employees to work from home quite indefinitely.

However, one must exercise caution while drawing boundaries between work and personal life, a line that seems to be getting thinner by the day.

No matter what we do, it seems that hustle culture is here to stay, what with an umpteen number of productivity apps popping up everyday, to offload menial or tedious tasks onto. People are constantly talking about how busy they are, whether its got to do with work or personal life. Everyone wants to feel important and recognized. This makes a lot of people want to work and look busy, when they could literally be picking up one of the umpteen number of hobbies out there, or relieving themselves of the weeks stresses with a swim and a massage.

Productivity tools not only allow the smart worker to offload important work tasks from their memory, but also help them in actively seeing those tasks to completion. Since we’re all well aware about the perils of hustle culture, lets talk about a few things that can be done to slow down and keep the hustling bustling parts of us right where they belong, without letting them collide with our sanity.

Even with all the caffeine, alcohol, late nights and junk food, inside each one of us lies a much more saner being, who just wants that clear cut separation between work and life so badly!

While we don’t aim to be idealists, there are a couple of steps we can take to shut down the workaholic in us:

  1. Stop being available all the time: Show absolutely no inclination towards working after, or out of office hours. This is the number one ‘personal time’ killer when it comes to after office hours. Make sure you follow a strict daily routine (where you have something fixed to do after work), which will ultimately help you in maintaining your sanity and in boosting your confidence in the long run. People also tend to have greater respect for someone who’s busy than someone who’s available all the time. It depends on the type of company and the kind of manager you have, but this is largely true.

“the self help industry relies on your feeling of inadequacy to pull you in and get hooked to their products.” “ A combination of you feeling inadequate and you getting a small high every time you consume self-help content turns you into an avid consumer of their products.”

Final thoughts

These are some of the ways I’ve used and found helpful in developing my very own personality outside of work. I know how to draw lines and make it clear to employers that I’m not a monkey ready to dance to their tunes regardless of how much they’re paying me. I know how to show them I have a “life” outside of work. Hustle culture is just not my thing, and it might not be yours too. Do let us know in the comments how you switch off every single day and how you draw boundary lines between work and personal life.

I am an avid trekker, content writer, photographer and sports enthusiast. I write about trekking, society, overpopulation, lifestyle and veganism in general.