Most of us have probably asked ourselves, why do we work so hard but don’t see the results we want?

It’s because of this: We often get caught up on the unimportant things that we forget about our main goal. 

As a writer, I put in my 8 hours at work, but the thing is — was I really putting in a full 8 hours of work?

Not really.

What I had called work was actually half work and half spending too much time on things that didn’t matter, that didn’t help in achieving my goal — Facebook notifications, emails with requests, text messages from family and friends, Youtube videos. I had spent just as much time doing things that were distractions as actual work.

Maybe this is why I’m not getting anywhere, I told myself. Maybe this is why I feel so overwhelmed because I’ve done little to nothing, even with a full day’s worth of work.

With that, I turned off all notifications, set my phone to silence and flipped it, screen side down. Every distraction that inhibited my ability to write, I removed.

And it helped. Not only was I able to push out more high-quality posts, but now I’m getting over an average of 3,000 views a day.

May 2018

Compared to what I had before:

August 2015

A lot of times, we like to say we’re working hard or that we’re putting in our ‘full’ effort based on the number of hours we spend at work. But the truth is, working hard isn’t about the number of hours you put in. It’s what you do with those hours.

If half the time, you’re texting your friends during work, you’re not working hard.
If you take a peek on Instagram, you’re not working hard.

If you ever want to achieve something, you need to pour in everything you got, without distractions. That’s hard work.

  1. Rob
    May 08, 2018

    I agree. People in the United States in particular work longer hours and have less vacation time than in many European countries. Working hard doesn’t pay the bills for many people, too and they take two jobs to try to keep up. Glad I don’t live in the United States. I live in Cambodia and make enough from 3 days of freelance writing to live comfortably here.

    • Tiffany Sun
      May 09, 2018

      Yeah, I hear people in Europe have more time to enjoy with friends and go on trips. But it’s not just US people who work hard, there’re a lot of people around the world who work 6 days/week, sometimes 7, because they don’t have enough to pay the bills. It’s just under those circumstances, it’s okay to work hard. But for those who work long hours and don’t ‘try’ as hard to succeed but complain about not getting what they want, they need to see where they’re lacking and make a change on that.

      Must be great living in Cambodia where you don’t need to work as hard to sustain a decent living.