Hello and welcome to the travelling introvert. Today I want
to talk about work, working hard. We have a habit of wanting to be always seen
as working hard. And there's a difference between being a hard worker and
always working hard.
Working hard is often lauded as like the key to success. You
must work hard, pull yourself up by your bootstrap, struggle through, keep
going. And the thing is, there is levels and working too hard can actually be very
bad for you. And there are a lot of different ways how overworking, more than
working too hard, is bad for you and can negatively affect your life. If you
want to be happy and balanced and successful, overworking isn't the way to go.
You can do it in short sprints, but for long periods of time
it's not the best thing to do because it can lead to burnout. When a person is
burnt out, they might feel like they can't keep going, or they're not cut out
for the demands of their job. However, burnout therefore can lead to
absenteeism, lower productivity and increased risk of error. If you are
experiencing burnout, take a step back and assess your work situation. You know
Even if you're not experiencing burnout, take a step back
and assess if your work situation is attainable. Are you taking on too much? Do
you need more help? Are there changes that you can make to your work schedule,
or your routine, or the way you do things to help you feel less overwhelmed, so
you can recover from burnout? If you are overworked, you are more likely to get
Your immune system will eventually fail if you are
constantly working hard and putting in long hours with very little breaks or rest
or recharge time for both your body and your mind. When you don't have that
time to relax and to recharge, your body is more susceptible to illness. And so,
if you're constantly feeling run down, it might be time to assess your work
schedule. And along the lines of overworking and getting sick, you're also more
likely to get injured. If you are overworking your body when you are tired,
your reflexes are slower. And because of this, there are more accidents just
waiting to happen.
So, if you become aware that you are getting sick or hurt
more often than usual, maybe take a look and maybe it's time to cut back on
your working hours if you can. Now, along with the fact that you are more
likely to get injured and sick and feel burnout, because of all of these things
compounded, you are much more likely to make mistakes. When you are exhausted
and overworked, focusing and paying attention to detail is harder. And many
people sort of drink a lot of coffee to try and combat that. And that might
work in small doses, but over a long period of time it's just going to keep
building up. You're going to find it harder and harder to pay attention. And as
a result, you are more likely to make mistakes, not just at work, but during
your life in general.
You might be slower to make that turn when you're driving.
You might be slower to see someone. And that's how accidents happen. And we
already talked about getting sick and getting injured and so accidents, and
accidents is when you make a mistake. If you're making a lot more errors, you
are therefore costing your company money.
And so maybe it's time to rethink how much you are working.
And because of all of these things and so many other things that kind of
combine when you are overworked for long periods of time, if you are working
all the time, when do you have time to actually enjoy your life? When...