Entrepreneurship is a demanding journey, often requiring round-the-clock dedication. It's not uncommon to hear phrases like, "You're working too hard," especially from concerned loved ones. But anyone familiar with the startup world knows that the boundaries between 'enough' and 'too much' work can often blur.
I reached a point where the late nights and constant hustle began taking a toll on me. My work-life balance was in disarray, and I felt the pressing need for change. More than anything, I yearned to invest more time in my personal relationships and find moments of joy outside work.
A Simple Solution with Profound Impact
In a bid to bring some excitement into my life, I initiated a WhatsApp group in June, aptly named "The Hottest Cultural Events in ‘Petach Tikva’ (Israel) and Surrounding." Starting with close family and neighbors, the group quickly grew, and today, we boast over 250 members.
This platform became a treasure trove of the most happening events around town. From concerts and live shows to enlightening lectures, my husband and I found ourselves immersed in a world of cultural richness. The best part? All these events were seamlessly integrated into our calendars, often at prices that were hard to resist.
The Ripple Effect of Happiness
The outcome of this simple initiative was astounding. Not only did my personal happiness quotient shoot up by 300%, but my productivity levels also saw a significant boost. The joy was contagious, spreading to other group members and creating a community bound by shared experiences.
As organizational psychologist Adam Grant aptly puts it, "Happiness is not about maximizing the intensity of joy; it's about increasing the frequency of joy." This group didn't just amplify my happiness; it served as a rejuvenating force, helping me strike a balance and enhancing my work quality.
A Call to Action for Every Professional
If my story resonates with you, take a moment to reflect on what brings you joy. Remember, regularly recharging is crucial. Consider what activities or initiatives you can schedule into your routine. The more you involve others, the higher the chances of these plans coming to fruition. It's a strategy that has profoundly impacted my life, and I believe it can do wonders for you too.
Yours, Inbal Israeli Gaffa Co-Founder & CEO InBe Tech