The ‘Hustle Culture’ Robs Us of These 10 Things!

Are you trapped in the ‘hustle culture?’ 

The ‘hustle culture’ prioritizes busyness over wellness, sacrifice over sustainability, and availability over effectiveness.

During Covid, we found ourselves in this place.

With a workforce… 

  • dedicated to the weightiness of children’s growth and development, 
  • our culture’s lack of esteem for our contributions, 
  • the public’s disdain for our summers off, 
  • The next crisis around the corner, and
  • the predominantly female mindset to always give a little more…

Ultimately, we find ourselves crushed.

The pace of change in the world +

entrenched ‘hustle culture’ =


While my own definition of the ‘hustle culture’ is still emerging, here are 10 things the ‘hustle culture’ is robbing us of…

Deep work.  The notion that EdLeaders must be constantly available and on-call is creating wafer-thin leadership effectiveness.  If we always have to unplug the toilets, substitute teach in Kindergarten or U.S. History, or serve lunch, how can we be the Instructional Leaders, pedagogues, and changemakers education requires?

Focus.  When we buzz around with our nervous system in sympathetic response, we can’t find the focus we need to be strategic and intentional with our time and attention.  Focus is so interrelated to delivering on our deep work to move our organizations forward. 

Daily recovery.  EdLeaders regularly describe their schedules to me.  They leave late, go back to work after dinner, and ruminate about problems throughout the night.  It doesn’t allow for ‘letting go’ each evening and getting the rest and recovery our bodies and minds need.

Sleep.  The intensity of the work doesn’t allow for the time, quiet, and solitude required to solve complex problems.  So, as a school leader, I just did that in the middle of the night.  On that note…

Day of rest.  I’m really on this train since Covid.  I found that I needed an entire weekend day of active and passive rest to feel rejuvenated enough for the upcoming week.  I included extra exercise, reading, napping, and food-as-fuel prep.  What if we just need a whole day to recover?  What if this truly is a spiritual practice?

Reflection.  We’re great at the ‘action’ part of our jobs.  But, reflection is also necessary to create transformation.  My spiritual guide, Richard Rohr, founded the Center for Contemplation and Action.  He knows that they are a dynamic duo!

The primacy of family.  Our most precious relationships suffer.  You know, the ones that bring us lifelong happiness.  For example, we don’t make it to the ballet recital or the basketball game.  Or, the date night is canceled because we’re too exhausted.  Sometimes we even choose our school event over our child’s event.  No judgment from me, one time my nanny even planned and executed my toddler’s neighborhood birthday party without me.

Friendship.  Have you ever looked around and realized I don’t have any ‘real’ friends?  Who would I call if something in my life was going down?  When do I even have the energy to cultivate these relationships?

Meaning.  We aren’t our work.  We may be deeply dedicated to our students and team, but we know it is fleeting.  While our work, in balance, creates tremendous meaning in our lives.  Under this much pressure, it just feels dry and arid.  We have a stomach ache each morning when we pull into the parking lot.  It doesn’t feel right.

Play. One of the most adaptive and human ways of experiencing and expressing our happiness is through play.  Yet, we can’t remember the last time we played.

As an experienced EdLeader, I have walked this road…  As a Full Focus Planner Certified Pro trained by Michael Hyatt, I have some secrets to design for thriving…

Create a new future! 

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