Me to my Creative Director today: #workaholiclyfe
Yep, I said that. Well, I sent a text. Still, it’s lame. Not because it was a cheesy thing to say. Cheesy is great, it’s healthy.
It’s lame because it’s actually a serious problem. We glorify long hours at the office, killing ourselves to get ahead or over-achieve. What’s worse, some of us totally don’t get it and expect others to do the same, when we should be encouraging and inspiring enjoyable trades. A solid job with a solid team, doing great services, making great products.
I strongly believe more hours does not equate excellence. We should all go to work making the most of our day. But it’s much better to use each day as a focused, sharpened tool to shape your week towards purpose and productivity, rounding out your monthly goals to create something worth celebrating each year. I mean, goals are good, right? Sure, as long as the number one goal is for our teams to be happy and healthy.
Side note: if you know anything about Mindbody, you’re probably thinking I drank the Kool-aid. So? It’s some damn good Kool-aid. But not in a cult-y way. It’s honestly just a bunch of smart, funny people who love their jobs and love working together. Our core values support this ecosystem, they challenge it on a daily basis. And most importantly, it’s anti-workaholic.
From what I’ve learned over the past 17 years working in video and design, it’s all about the golden rule: don’t be a dick. In other words, don’t be a workaholic. Work smart, solve problems, do no harm, you get the point. I’m guilty of being a workaholic more than others at times. It never pays off, it only gives me a false sense of achievement. Probably because true achievement is much more beautiful through partnership and collaborative effort. You’ll see this come to fruition when the “more hours” part of your equation is an out-pouring of your team’s excellence and passion for a quality service and product. That’s when things get really exciting. It feels so much better when you tell each other to go home instead of staying late to hit some sort of bogus deadline.
A few final words of advice from a recovering workaholic: don’t try to form your own “work/life balance” or whatever you call it. That’s still all about you. Learn how to lean on each other. Work together, do great things with a clear and present conscience. Don’t ignore today for tomorrow. Celebrate today as the tomorrow you can’t wait to explore.