How I hacked Snapchat to hold me accountable.

This is an interesting realization for me 24 days into 2017 I think I can say that I’m fully on board to #hustle17 for the year. For the few people that do follow me on Snapchat,  you’re definitely familiar with this hashtag already and for those that aren’t go follow me @villegas1919.

So how did I make Snapchat hold me accountable? Well, it started when I first became aware of myself and my behavior. I’m an extremely self-aware person when it comes to dealings of myself. I know when my body is getting sick, I know when my body is too tired to perform, and  I know when my body is responding differently. It comes with being present often and conscious of my thoughts, reactions etc.

Anyways, when it comes to work, I believe those closest to me would agree that I am someone who takes pride in working, and probably overworking because of my lack of ability to delegate. It is what it is. Through my many hours of work I have been able to realize when I can become a peak performance worker.

For me there are two moments where it happens. The first, is extremely early in the morning or in the late evening. Of course, that would make sense since there isn’t much of any distraction going on at those hours. However, the second one is the more interesting of the two. I’ve come to realize when people are watching me work or observe me in my working environment I see an increase in my productivity, speed and focus. Which for some time seemed somewhat strange to me. Then, it clicked for me when I began Snapchatting.

I would Snapchat myself working and put the time stamps. I did it first, to share my “hustle” but also to show people that I was up and working. You know, feel good about yourself. I don’t think I meant it in a showing off way but just like “yeah, I’m up and working. What are you doing?”.

As people began to respond with an array of motivating responses cheering me on and/or sharing their hustles on their story’s or sending me direct snaps I began to get more excited about it. Then one night it hit me, I set an alarm for 5:45AM to make sure I was up and snapping and then truly working (not like I was snapping and going back to sleep, I’m too honest do that). I woke up that morning, super tired and not wanting to get up but the thought of my friends thinking that I wasn’t up “hustling” drove me to wake up and get stuff done.

Fortunately or unfortunately we care about people think about us, YES you reading this too. Whether you care to admit it or not, you more than likely do. Otherwise you wouldn’t snapchat your lunch, your coffee, your night out drinking or your latest workout. You care to show others what’s going on in your life because you care about their thoughts. That doesn’t make it a bad or good thing either, it just is what it is.

Anyways, when I realized this was happening I became aware and said you know what, I’m going to continue snapping and making sure everyone knows I’m hustling all day everyday, cause I’ll be damned if you outwork me! So it’s become pretty cool 24 days into #hustle17 that I’ve spoken to friends, received messages and even seen on their own snapchats the #hustle17 hashtag. This of course, has motivated me to continue pushing for more. So much so, I feel accountable now that people have made it known that they see it, they appreciate it, and they respect it. I want to do it for them but also for myself, shit, any hack that makes me more productive I’m ALL for it!

So in a sense I have this sense of responsibility and I know people see it and feel bad sometimes because they might not be doing as much but that’s good too! If you don’t feel productive enough, it’s because you’re probably not. And that’s not a bad thing, it’s only a bad thing when you recognize it and don’t do anything about it. I also see a lot of people pushing themselves probably harder than me most days, my boy DJ is hustlingggggg, and my dude Steven Walsh is unstoppable! That guys fitness is killer man.

So that is how I hacked Snapchat to hold me accountable, some people might say well you have Facebook and Instagram already, why did it take Snapchat. And to answer that it’s just somewhere you can share daily without being overwhelming, lol. So it’s been awesome for me. Make it awesome for you too or find something that works. Accountability is something I’m really working hard on in 2017 as I know it’s a (DJ Khaled voice) major key for me!

Follow me on Snapchat and check out #hustle17.

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