When I started working for myself, something I didn’t really expect happened: I started going to bed at night thinking I couldn’t wait for the morning to come so that I could get to work again.
Even when there were no client projects, and almost no money was coming in, I was still happy with what I was going.
I was working happy.
I read a lot about working hard, productivity and making better use of your time. So much so that I often feel guilty about the time I spend watching silly videos on youtube. I know I could be working harder.
Working alone requires a lot of self-discipline and I’m still trying to adapt to it. I’m also learning tricks to keep myself from procrastinating (like writing to you from a cafe instead of doing it at home).
I’m trying to accept that I’m working as hard as I can and not as hard as I see other people do on social media. Let's face it, we're only sharing our good times there. Having a to-do list as helped with that. I now keep track of everything I do and when I feel like I haven’t done much, I can go back to my list and see what I actually accomplished.
Another thing people say we should do is to work smart. And it makes sense! You can be working hard at something but if you’re not doing it right, you won’t see much results, you’ll get discouraged and eventually give up.
I’m not sure I’m working smart. I have a lot of ideas and I should probably focus my attention a bit more. But there’s so much I want to do. I really need to get better at this, maybe I should write it on my to-do list…
This brings us back to working happy.
As you can probably guess, I’m not happy all of the time. What I shared here brings me a lot of anguish and even though I wake up happy and excited most days, it also takes me a lot of time to fall asleep. I keep thinking if I’m doing the right choices, or that I should have worked harder that day…
But I’ve decided to embrace this “work happy” as a life motto because if I’m happy with what I’m doing, I must be doing something right.