Hey friends! 👋
Emna here, CEO and co-founder of Veamly.
I need to confess.
In my early entrepreneurial journey and even before in my career, I was very subscribed to the fire drill culture! Everything had to be done right away, things couldn’t wait as somewhere in my mind, something was creating this big unknown catastrophic outcome, that would happen if not done that way. Worse, I’m ashamed to say I was a proud “workaholic”.
Let me tell you, I learnt the hard way. I didn’t want to listen to anyone who was saying that wasn’t healthy.
While I think remorse is a useless emotion, I still wish I was a better listener and learnt earlier the toxic impact of that type of stress on mindset and body.
It simply took me a near death experience to realize that such a mindset can backfire!
I’m not saying do not push yourself hard, I’m saying there’s a way to balance it. I still believe as humans we always tend to underestimate what we are capable of.
Unfortunately, in most the workplaces, we often celebrate this toxic behavior as part of the “hustle culture” or “fire drill culture”.
I wanted to cover in this issue how to cope with this kind of stress and avoid the pitfalls of the hustle culture.
Anytime you find yourself feeling any type of urgency (I need to send this follow up, I need to finish this tonight, I will pull an all nighter...etc), learn this self awareness exercise: pause and ask yourself 2 questions:
Remember whatever is happening right now is a tiny dot in the ocean that's your life.
Graphic of the month :
Advocating for work/life balance and well-being doesn't mean there won't be times when the team is doing crunches, especially engineering teams. However this should be the exception and not the rule.
Crunches are the most intense timeframes. Stress levels are usually high. That's why it's important to know how to manage such a state wisely. The graphic below illustrates some useful tips.
Let's be real! Stress is bad. It tanks your performance at work. It keeps you awake at night and it even accelerates the aging process. A shocking reveal I wasn't buying until I found out.
As a CEO, I have gone to hundreds of events worldwide so far. I just love meeting people and learning from the best. Sadly, once the pandemic hit, many events were cancelled. Only some managed to keep going strong despite being virtual this time. SaaStock Remote 2020 was amazing to say the least. One session in particular caught my attention. An interesting conversation between Christoph Janz from Point Nine Capital and DHH founder of Basecamp. David provided a complete deconstruction of the hustle culture in the valley as well as a solid alternative to maintain work/life balance and oneself well-being.