When it comes to getting work done, Mondays get all the love.
Self-described hustlers love to work hard on Mondays.
But what are they getting done on a Thursday evening?
Better yet, what about a Saturday morning?
In most cases — nothing.
Most people can’t even dedicate 5 days in a row during normal business hours to making progress on their goals, much less their evenings during the “work week.”
And that’s because most people are content with being average.
But you want more and that’s why you’re reading HMP.
The good news is you can have more. It’s all there for the taking.
The key is you have to work for it — that’s how you take what you want.
If you don’t want to work for the results, then you don’t want the results. Simple as that.
We always get what we want when we want to work for it as much as we want the end result.
What do you want more:
- To be your own boss or to have weekends off?
- To get promoted at work or to go to happy hour?
All days matter.
What Difference Does it Make?
You might be wondering what difference it really makes to take weekends off or to skip a few days here and there.
What’s a couple of days out of the week going to do?
Let’s look at how it breaks down.
How Much Weekends Cost you
For the first example, let’s say you’re the average 9 to 5 guy who takes weekends off.
2 days a week * 52 weeks per year = 104 days or about 29% of the entire year.
(If you are a freelancer and you make $200 per day, that’s $20,800 you’re missing out on.)
Now let’s say you phone it in on Fridays — be honest now…
2 days a week * 52 weeks per year = 156 days or about 43% of the year!
I could go on with potential scenarios, but you get the point.
Now imagine you’re working towards a promotion, you’re operating a business or providing a freelance service, or you’re trying to reach a particular goal…
How much time are you wasting? How much progress are you losing?
What if your competition is working even one more day than you — how much of an advantage do they have?
Think about it.
There’s a reason why the people who are the best at what they do usually put in ridiculous hours.
However, I’m not advocating you put in ridiculous hours every single day. You can work every day and still have a life outside of work. I’ll get to that later.
The truth is you can work 4 or 3 or 2 days a week towards your goals. You’ll just take longer to reach the finish line.
Whatever works for you — it’s all simple math.
All days matter.
Why Consistent Hustle Matters
There are 3 basic factors to success:
- Talent — natural abilities you’re born with that give you a head start or distinct edge over others in a particular area
- Hustle — the time and energy you invest in developing your skills and honing your craft
- Luck — things that work for or against you that you can’t control
Obviously, this is an oversimplification, but let’s work with this framework.
How can we get the most from this system?
We can’t choose our talents, but we can choose a career path that leverages our natural talent to get a head start. However, your talent might not align with your interests and it might not have any monetary value.
We can’t control luck or even count on it to show up when we need it.
So that leaves hustle as the only factor we can realistically control.
You might not have any talents that people would pay for, but you can certainly develop skills that are worth a lot.
All it takes is a little hustle.
When we think of luck, what do we think of? Right time, right place, right people.
If you work every day, you’ll never risk missing out on the right time because you’ll have all times covered.
If you work every day, you’ll find the right place quicker because you’ll never stop looking.
If you work every day, the right people will notice you because you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.
Hustle trumps all other factors.
You might not agree with that, but there’s no arguing with the fact that it’s the only factor of those 3 that you can actually control.
It doesn’t make sense not to work every day if you truly are pursuing what you absolutely want to achieve in life.
What better things do you have to do?
If you honestly want it that bad, those days are well-spent.
All days matter.
How to Work Every Day Without Burning Out
The key to putting in more work consistently is figuring out a system that works for you.
Anyone can get all pumped up and go all out for a few weeks.
What can you do for 6 months straight?
Contrary to the theme of this article — working every day might not be the best solution for you.
However, if you have dreams of being an entrepreneur and you simply can’t see yourself working every day than it’s going to be tough.
Unless you have a lot of starting capital to hire and outsource everything, you’re going to have a hard time. Running a business is a 24/7 job, and even when you have employees they can let you down at the worst times.
That reminds me of a time when I ended up cleaning the most disgusting cat piss-stained, cockroach-infested house because one of my maids let me down last minute on a job when I owned a house cleaning business. It was the first and last house I cleaned myself. But that’s a story for another day.
Unless you’re completely worthless, though, you can probably figure out a system of working 6 to 7 days a week without being miserable.
Here’s what I do currently:
- Monday – Friday: I wake up at 5:30 am and go straight to the gym. Afterwards I come home, shower, make my morning smoothie and get to work. I usually don’t stop working until around 8 to 9 pm.
- Saturday: I like to get about 5 to 7 hours of work in and I also run errands, mow the lawn, etc.
- Sunday: On Sundays I generally relax more and like to work for about 4 hours.
As you can see, I’m not working all day and night on the weekends. However, I can get a lot done in 4 to 6 hours of focused work.
Those two extra days give me a huge boost in my total output for the week and if I wasn’t willing to work late evenings or work on the weekends this website definitely wouldn’t exist. I simply “wouldn’t have the time,” as the losers like to say.
Even with this schedule I can have a social life.
Every Friday night I take my girlfriend out for dinner and drinks.
Almost every weekend we’ll go out with friends one night and usually stay out until midnight to 2 am.
The difference between a hustler and a poser is that I still get up and do the work the next day, even if I have a hangover.
Of course, it helps that I have a simple protocol for curing hangovers. Let me know if you’d like to see that as a post on HMP.
I’m not suggesting you live life the way I do or you work every day.
I recommend you figure out a system that you can stick with long-term and do that.
However, there’s one point I want to drill into your head:
ALL DAYS MATTER!!
Choose how you spend yours wisely…
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