Yes, work hard. Of course you need to put your full effort into whatever you’re doing at any given time. However, be careful not to fall into the hustle trap. You might find you’re only sprinting on a treadmill rather than making true progress.
The tools we use can’t replace simple hard work, but they can help us gain ground more quickly. Here are a few I’ve been using lately to help me stay inspired, connected, focused, and productive.
How to develop rituals that serve you, not the other way around.
Are you stacking the deck in your favor, or leaving your work to chance? A few simple rituals can improve your odds of success.
Have you ever reached the end of a work week and thought, “what exactly did I accomplish?” You can point to tasks checked off lists, meetings held, and incremental progress on projects, but when it comes to the really big, important initiatives, you’ve barely made a dent. Big things don’t happen by accident.
Ask yourself if whatever you are doing is a net gain, or a net loss. Over time, if you do more things that are a net gain, you will – by definition – make progress on your goals.