Hump Day

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Hump Day happens the same day every week. On Wednesdays.

Hump day is supposed to be the day that signals the middle of the week, after which time we can ride the downhill momentum into the weekend.

As an entrepreneur you probably laugh at the thought of a Hump Day. Most weekends are just as packed with activities as our Mondays through Fridays. Often even more so.

I get more work done on weekends because there are fewer distractions, no meetings, and people who can leave town for some rest and relaxation. I’m making a deliberate effort to go to more weekend concerts, do fun stuff, and check email less. It’s a work in progress.

Even if Hump Day is a relic of a 9-to-5 working world, I encourage you to take a day out to remember that while what we do is important, nothing is more important than health and well being. Whether you mark Hump Day on a Wednesday or any other, make sure that there’s some down time coming at the end of your week.

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3 Responses to “Hump Day”

  1. Jeffrey Romano October 4, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    I think you discuss an interesting topic Chikodi. I was at TechCrunch Italy last weekend, and many speakers mentioned the importance of hard work, focus, determination etc… and one starts to imagine the life of a startup founder as just work. I’d be interested in learning more about trends on how startuppers chillax a bit. Everybody must have down-time.

    • Chikodi Chima October 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Jeffrey. We definitely lose sight of the bigger picture when it comes to startups. There’s no badge of honor that we win for ignoring our families, losing touch with friends and burning out. Growing a business is a lot of hard work, but it shouldn’t be work for its own sake.

      Pat Flynn is working on a book about how to be fully present in work, and fully present in relaxation. Not sure when it will be completed. I think you’re right to point out that there is a hole in the market for this type of educational material. Everyone is obsessed with lifehacking, productivity and getting more done, not chilling.

      What sorts of material would be most helpful to you?

      • Jeffrey Romano October 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

        Thanks for pointing out that Pat is working on a book, it definately seems like an interesting topic.

        At the moment, I’m interested in learning how founders and all these busy people go about their lives. The concept of entrepreneur journals, for instance, would be really interesting.

        On a larger picture, with regards to your blog, I mostly look for PR related material, but posts related to startups in general are cool too.

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