Have you ever noticed how much people are praised for working themselves to the ground? Often times it’s the people who work the most hours, give up time with loved ones, sacrifice hobbies that make them happy to put in countless hours at work, in addition to those who take on more than they really should are viewed as the most dedicated and hardest working. So it gets us to this question: Is overworking yourself really the best path to success? My answer is no.
For example: Two people doing the same job. One spends 6 hours working, and the other spends 10 hours AT work. Regardless of whether the one who worked for 6 hours accomplished more in that time than the other, it is very likely that people will see the person who was at work for 10 hours as the more dedicated employee. Ridiculous right? We need to get away from that thought process.
Taking time to rest, reset, and rejuvenate yourself will make you much more effective at work. Taking time to do things that you love doing will make you happier overall, and happy people truly are more productive. Of course there are times when you do have to spend more time putting in work than you normally do, but don’t make it a regular habit. Find balance in your life. Be as effective with your time as possible, and do your absolute best to avoid burnout! It will catch up to you in the long run in some way whether it’s decreased performance, inefficiencies, negative affects on your personal life and relationships, negative affects on your health, among other things.
Some things you can do to rest your mind and body while at work:
- Take a walk (outside if you can)
- Listen to music
- Take stretching breaks
- Make the most of your time outside of work (vacation, family time, hobbies, personal growth activities)
How do you decompress?