By Veiray Zhang

By Veiray Zhang

Few people have the authority to admonish you to work faster, even when you’re wiped. Gary Vaynerchuk is one of them. The best-selling author and founder of VaynerMedia is not only CEO of said social media brand consulting agency, he’s also a successful video blogger, co-owner and director of operations of a wine retail store, and a prolific public speaker. His advice on getting more done:

I always tell people to start working harder, to hustle. I truly believe that people could watch an hour less of Scandal and instead do some fucking work. But there’s another variable that I don’t talk about enough: be much faster in the hours you’re already in. Train yourself to do a little bit more in each hour than you normally would. Every day add something, and get it all done. The first few days you may not get it all done, but keep adding on, and you’ll get there. It’s training for a marathon. It takes time, but once you’re done, you’ll see that you’re doing much more in a day because you’re moving faster.

To get more, and better, work done, push yourself to rev your engines a little more. Cultivate a sense of urgency so not one chunk of time is wasted:

There is not one second that I’m down during the work day. On my team, we fight for minutes on my calendar. Even seconds. Every second I am doing something.

I used to think I was the biggest workaholic that lived. From twenty-two to thirty, I really thought I was all in. But I had enough time to bullshit about baseball with friends. I had time. Now, I’m dramatically faster. And I’m working more hours. That’s how it’s happening. That’s how I got to where I am. I had to realize it for myself, and now I’m telling you.

If you do an honest audit of your time, you’ll undoubtedly discover hidden pockets—a YouTube video here, a BuzzFeed quiz there—that you could repurpose into productive effort to further your latest project or your career goals.


  • Duncan Michael-MacGregor

    No time for reading 99u! BACK TO WORK! 😉

  • pietrocrazy

    That sounds like just about the most miserable existence imaginable.

  • tseib

    God bless the overachievers among us. We need them to create new things and drive innovation. However, we also need people who know that life is about more than uninterrupted “productivity”–people who recognize the lessons outlined in this other 99u article:

  • Alicia Hurst

    That’s great, if you want your whole life to be about work and nothing else. Toil ought to be extremely fulfilling, but also a necessity that ensures you *have* the time to bullshit about baseball (or whatever floats your boat) with your friends and that you won’t be living on the street as a result. I appreciate being inspired to work more, but I don’t fancy being shamed by the author for not being a workaholic.

  • Carl Setzer

    Beware: there comes a point that speed overwhelms quality.

  • Elisa Planellas

    I think there is a lot more angles that needs to be addressed here. After all, some of the people who read this post want to work harder but can’t seem to find a way to do that. They’re not really slackers, although they might appear to be such to some. These people push themselves far past their comfort zone but still somehow miss the target; they miss out on achieving the reasonable goals they set for themselves and want to know why. They want to be hard workers but can’t seem to make hard work work for them. It doesn’t help when others look down on them, and telling them they need to find their motivation isn’t going to help. To the people who are in the situation I’m describing here, my advice is to find your rhythm in all areas of your life. Take better care of yourself, and find your natural peak times during the day. Then make it a goal to improve only slightly every day. The little improvements will add up to big ones, allowing you to eventually find your way out of the despair. Track your progress religiously. Most importantly, don’t ever give up… With love, Elisa

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