Since her early days as a social-media influencer, she’s founded two fitness companies and published her book "Working Hard, Hardly Working," which hit the No. 1 spot in the Sunday Times’ bestseller list this year.
Her second company, Tala — a sustainable activewear and lifestyle brand — was founded as Beverley studied for the final year of her music degree at Oxford University. It has generated more than 10 million pounds (about $13 million) in sales since it launched in 2019, according to The Times of London.
Beverley hired the first two full-time members of the Tala staff during her final-exams season, putting them up in an Airbnb while she ran back and forth to onboard between exams and coursework deadlines.
"I do look back and think, ‘What the hell was wrong with me?’" she told Insider.
Beverley explained how she has since learned to dial back the self-imposed pressure, reject the urge to lean into so-called hustle culture, and set boundaries to maintain a better work-life balance.
"There’s certainly nothing wrong with working hard, putting in the hours, and profiting from work where your company values it," she said. "Just know where your lines are and what you need to do to protect your working sanity."
1. Expand your definition of self care
Beverley said she quickly realized that working all hours, including weekends, while still not managing to "do it right" was unsustainable early in her career.
"The rose-tinted glasses fell off in a flash," she explains in her book.
"Self-care is more often finally doing things you’ve been putting off, like laundry or replying to that old school friend, rather than sitting back with a facemask."
2. Set your own boundaries
Burnout can often be a byproduct of modern working culture, Beverley said. In order to stay sane, you need to set your own boundaries early on, she added.
"We don’t need to dream of working. It doesn’t need to be our sole purpose of existence," she said.
3. Rest improves productivity
Setting boundaries is a good first step, but maintaining them is where the hard work really comes in, Beverley said.
"Remembering that rest improves your productivity also goes a long way in maintaining those boundaries because it’s an extra incentive to get in," she added.
"The idea of the hustle and the idea that you cannot sleep eight hours at night if you want to be successful is just an absolute shambles," she said.
4. You don’t always need to pay respect to corporate culture
In her book, Beverley explains how corporate work culture has evolved.
"We no longer think it’s necessary to sit through 15 years of corporate work in order to know the field and move up in the rankings," she said. "And pay respect to the culture in return for a pension we’re not even guaranteed to receive."
"Whenever business and productivity is talked about it’s all about hitting goals throughout your life and how to be the best in your career," she said. "But this completely neglects the other side: the fact we’re all human."
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Molly Innes July 28, 2021 at 07:18PM