In today’s fast-paced world, hustle culture has become the norm. We see it everywhere, from LinkedIn to Instagram, people working tirelessly to achieve success. But this relentless work ethic is not only unsustainable, but it’s also often a disguise for a deeper problem. A Deloitte survey found that 83% of people who burn out from hard work find it blows up their relationships. That’s why the new trend is Slow Hustle, a concept that aims to work the least amount of hours possible while maximizing productivity and creativity.
1. Slow Down to Speed Up 🐢
The Navy Seals have a motto, “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” This is the basis of the Slow Hustle trend. When we slow down, our work gets better. We’re more mindful, deep thinking has time to occur, we think about broader impacts, and we show our co-collaborators more empathy.
2. Optimize for Time ⏰
Hustle culture people brag about how much work they do. They’re in favor of tracking hours as a way to flex their work biceps. Slow Hustle flips this narrative. It’s about optimizing to do work in less time. Time is more important than money or status.
3. Understand 4-Hour Workdays (That Piss People Off) 🤔
You may have seen me or others write about the power of 4-hour flow states, also known as deep work. A few dummies confuse this narrative with a lifestyle flex. “Oh, you only work 4 hours a day… aren’t you a hero!” They misunderstand. There’s busy work, which most of us do, and there’s deep work or work done in a flow state. This is at the center of the Slow Hustle movement.