Are you Over Overtime?
So it’s only Tuesday night and you are still at the office, or you are on the Blackberry at home. Does this sound like a familiar story?
We often work long and crazy hours under the guise of urgent responsibilities, important people making demands and requests that can’t wait till the morning. Is this a sign of our own self-importance or the belief that we work to live? Take a moment to think about your life, your approach to work and how it defines you.
How do others react to your overtime? Maybe your partner, family or housemates are so accustomed to your habits that they don’t count on seeing you during daylight hours. Have friends stopped calling you to catch up for that pint? And how has your life changed in the last 4 years (both for the better and worse)? Have sports become a thing of the past? Does relaxation time mean the drive to work listening to the radio? Does the idea of taking a holiday bring you out in a rash?
Taking in the big picture, ‘work’ is only an element of your life and doesn’t define all of who you are – or does it? Most people have family, friends, hobbies, other non-work commitments, sport, and personal things like health, money and their home feature too. If you look at the time we contribute to our work it becomes a massive part of life, however, looking at the rest of the time and how effectively you use it is probably more critical. None of us like spending the weekend catching up on hovering, laundry and shopping.
So how can you make the most of your leisure time? How would others around you like to spend time with you? What would be meaningful for you right now? And what would be beneficial to you and your health?
Remember overtime can be a habit – both yours and the business’. Change your habit and build a fulfilling and balanced existence.