How Do You Know You Are Doing Enough?


Some people will say that you are never doing enough. Or maybe you’ve heard that doing enough isn’t your best.

You are always wondering if you’re doing enough. Am I doing enough cardio? Am I eating enough vegetables?

Am Is studying enough? Am I working hard enough? Am I sleeping enough?

Am I doing enough in college? Just stop. You are just packing your schedule and your mind with things. With rules.

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Then you panic because there isn’t enough time to do enough. You are filling your days with unnecessary things. Realize that there is a difference between being efficient and being busy.

Are you filling your days with needless tasks and exhausting yourself to the bone? Or are you truly busy for a reason? That’s how you know if you are doing enough.

Are your tasks meaningful? How do they help you to get to your end goal?

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Are you doing enough in college? The real question is what do you want to do after college and how do you get there? Then, you might know if you are doing enough. You will also know what you no longer need to be wasting time on.

Whether or not you are doing enough does not depend on your appearances.

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You can be busy and be doing nothing. It is easy to look busy. You are simply stressing yourself out for no reason.

Look at your to-do list. What has to be done now? What can be done tomorrow?

How is each thing chore on your list serving you? That changed your list, didn’t it? Maybe you don’t need to start all three projects now.

Priorities, my friend, priorities.

Do the stuff that is due first. Let the other stuff go for a little while. You are doing enough.

We all feel like we are not doing enough.

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Do you know that friend that does just about everything? Yeah, they don’t feel like they’re doing enough either. Just because your friends look like they have a lot to do, it doesn’t mean they are getting anywhere.

Appearances can be deceiving. Do they have the drive? Where are they driving to? Nowhere.

Some of your friends are just going without a plan. Do you know what that does? Creates unnecessary work. So, of course, you look like you are not doing enough work compared to them.

Also, some goals require more work than others. You and your companions won’t always be the same amount of “busy.” And that’s okay.

It doesn’t make you lazy when you have less work. Please get rid of that crazy notion.

Yeah, I know. Your other classmates can hold an internship plus school plus extracurricular. And here you are, just a student. You’re just not doing enough!

Now, you know yourself. If you did all that, something would suffer. You’ve done it before. I’m not saying you can’t try again but, if you don’t need or want to, don’t add extra stress to your plate.

We live in a world where if you’re not grinding 24/7 and waking up at 4:30 AM, you are not working hard enough.

That is a lie. I think the main point of the whole point of this grind and hustle mentality is to encourage you to have the drive. And to let you know that you are going to have to make some sacrifices every now and then.

But people take it quite literally. Let me just tell you that at 4:30 AM, you will find me sleeping. Sleep is not the sacrifice that I am willing to make.

This also does not mean you have to sacrifice your soul every day to make your dreams happen. For some people, the sacrifice may be the gym or some other activity.

I would also like to put out there that hustle life is not for everyone. Not everyone dreams of becoming a CEO. Not everyone needs to be out there creating their own businesses.

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There is no need to shame people who would like a nice 9 AM to 5 PM job. There is no shame in that. We all have different goals and different versions of success.

If a 9 to 5 is enough to get you towards living a life in which you feel fulfilled, then you are doing enough. Don’t let the entrepreneur mindset fool you. There are a lot of loud entrepreneurs out there doing a lot of talking.

When you put the amount of work they do out there with the money they make, sometimes it’s not worth it from a money standpoint. You might actually be making minimum wage.

At that point, it’s all about passion and the drive for what you’re doing. So, not everyone can do the entrepreneur slash hustler thing. Don’t feel bad about it.

And if you are an entrepreneur, you are also doing enough. You are running a book business; your friend is running a hair business. Two different audiences need different things.

Don’t compare yourself to them. Do what you need to do to help your book business succeed. That’s how you do enough.

The overall message is just you are doing enough. Just because you are not busy or juggling 20 things at once does not make you any less than your neighbor.

Don’t compare yourself to others.

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A sign that you are doing enough is that you feel fulfilled. Everything on your to-do list has a purpose whether it’s just to allow you to take a breather or it’s to catapult you to your dreams.

You have eliminated the useless and unnecessary things on your list. You have eliminated the things that do not serve any purpose in your life. That’s how you know you are doing enough.

Some days you may just barely be doing enough to get by, some days you may be killing it out there. No day is the same. No one is perfect.

On average, it works out. No one can measure how much is enough for you but you. I’m here to say doing your best is enough. If your best is not good enough for others, maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Make your own way.

Thanks for reading my rant,

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Shika Tamaklo is a pharmacy student attending Mercer University. She is a college lifestyle blogger who writes on fitness, health, student life struggles and, occasionally dabbles in creative writing.

6 thoughts on “How Do You Know You Are Doing Enough?

  1. Good thoughts. Agreed, one needs to determine what they’re going after and why. I think pivoting is necessary at different moments in life. When I was in pharmaceutical sales, I was all about getting more and more done, and climbing the ladder. I wasn’t waking up at 4:30. Now the last three years I’ve been waking up at 4:30 as interests, pursuits, and goals change. You are right about not sacrificing sleep. Less sleep and more caffeine are not the solution. I’m getting more sleep now and less caffeine as I have determined that I have plenty of time to get the necessary things completed. Eliminating Facebook and Instagram have also Eliminated the feeling of being busy but really not accomplishing anything. Good thoughts.

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