How I Conquered Multiple 100 Hour Weeks In A Row

It was another 100-hour work week.

In fact, it was the 5th one like it in a row.

I didn’t think it was possible before I did it. How could it be?

At a 60-80 hour work week, you sacrifice the extras. You sacrifice things like social engagements, lunch hour, TV, and weekends.

At an 80-90 hour work week, you sacrifice the basics. You sacrifice things like exercise, time with your family/partner, and the last of any personal time left.

At the 90-100 hour week mark, you sacrifice the essentials, like sleep.

Seems ridiculous to only have 5 hours of sleep per night for 5 weeks in a row, right?

It is.

But there’s so much more work to be done!

Does anyone else have a voice in their head that says this??

Sometimes you can’t work smarter. Sometimes the only person who can get it done is you!

Guess what?

There is always an infinite amount of work.

If you are obsessed with social impact and making continuous improvements, you’ll never get to a place where you’ve done enough work to stop working.

Even if you somehow are the 1% of people that figure it out, if you’re like me, you’ll get bored really fast.

So, give up that idea.

Even retirement can stir up the urge to volunteer or be helpful in other ways.

The mantra of living a productive life focused on social impact is about being happy with the pace and intensity.

It’s up to you to constantly push the comfort zone of your own intensity and pace. This means that if you’re constantly pushing your comfort zone, you’re never really in it.

I think you get the point.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

You will not grow strong enough to achieve your dreams without internalizing this belief.

Understand your needs for rest, relaxation, re-focusing and whatever else you need. It’s your responsibility to understand yourself and take care of your needs.

It’s your responsibility to understand how much sleep you need to avoid making excessive, stupid mistakes.

It’s your responsibility to understand how much you can take on to maintain long-lasting productivity.

It’s your responsibility to understand your weaknesses and discomforts so you can conquer them and grow stronger.

2 Minute Action

What’s a part of your job that makes you feel really uncomfortable?

What’s something you really are not looking forward to doing today?

What’s something that you’ve been avoiding for some time?

You guessed it. Make it happen.

You’ve got 2 minutes to set up the conversation, push the button, or ask that embarrassing question.

Everyone has 2 minutes to take action.

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