I know I know. Sounds like somethign Donald Trump would say. It's not true and I just wanted to get your attention on the important subject of workplace wellbeing. I hate seeing friends, family and ex co-workers so stressed that they cry over the overwhelming workload.
Not enough resources, unrealistic expectations, needed to be online 24/7 since we have these things called Internet and Slack. It's like Rihannas song. Work, work, work, work and the rest of it I can't really understand.
If nobody gives a fuck about you then you can do whatever you want without anyone noticing.
I've seen so many burnout friends durign my professional life. I've been there my self. I'm sad to say even years from now it's still embarrasing for me to admit. I almost hope nobody reads this blog. What will they think of me. Do they see me just weak or lazy. What?
Well, I try to not give a fuck so here it goes. There I was. Under 30. Weak and lazy. I wasn't organized enough. I couldn't handle the pressure. I wanted to acvieve great results but the hours were'nt enough. I wasn't good enough.
NO. NO. And NO. Let's rewind a bit.
There was unrealistic expectations, poor leadership, zero HR, no tools to reduce the workload or everyday stress at the office. To a young, diligent person this was a disastrous combo. Perfectionist in me was trying to work even harder trying to fill those bottomless holes in the organization. It was a never ending ferris wheel that I just needed to jump out of.
Here comes the I HAVE A DREAM part. Almost 10 years later I decided to change. I have a dream of 4-hour workdays and a meaningful mission. Nobody can tell me not use GIF's since it undermines our credibility or use swearwords in a blog post. I use GIF's and I swear. I give a fuck. I give a fuck about how you are doing, are you dealing stress or just trying to manage day by day. Are you wewinding between tasks, leaving stressfull stuff at the office.
I want everyone to have few minutes a day to tone down and get a bit mellower. MelloVr, mellower, you get the pun. I want to make a difference and change the way we see work. Maybe sometimes 4 hours instead of 8 can bring in more results.
Change isn't easy. It took me ten years to get out of the ferris wheel but here I am. Doing what I believe in, taking small steps helping others. Providing easy tools to recharge. Having a moment to relax and reorienting for the next task ahead. Combining technology, VR, data and mindfullness.
Maybe I'm insane to think I can combine 4-hour workdays and entrepreneurship. But if 10 hour workdays is all there is, then I don't want to be sane. I want to focus on the end result rather than how long I need to be at the office. And when you do somethign you're passioned about, 8 hours a day goes too fast.
So, after spilling out my past and passion I want to challenge you. Stop staying back late at work to please your boss. Stop trying to lose those few kilos nobody won’t even notice. Wear hot pink, go for a jog in the middle of the day, put on some music and sing along, eat the damn cake! Be free and relax. I promise you'll get more productive, more happier. Focus on the shit that matters.
Don't be a Rihanna, be more like the Eagles.
As the song goes,
Take it easy, take it easy Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy Lighten up while you still can Don't even try to understand Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy
PS. No disrespect to Rihanna, I absolutely love her songs and respect her career