When we feel overworked, the natural desire is to figure out how we can work our way out of the situation.
But working more isn’t the answer. We can’t solve overwork with more work. That’s like trying to cure alcoholism with more alcohol.
Working more has diminishing returns (and usually negative returns). The more we work, the less energy we have toward other aspects of our lives.
We are likely overworked for a good reason.
Beyond the obvious ones (like unrealistic deadlines, crowded schedules, and too many todos), there’s usually something that is driving us to work more.
Sometimes it’s as simple as never shutting it off when you clock out, and then automatically finding yourself finishing one last thing, or answering a few emails after hours.
Or maybe it’s something more complicated, like having unrealistic expectations of what we can do in a single day.
Or perhaps we are trying to make a name for ourselves and have to put in the extra hours on top of our day job to build our future. A lot of us live in the busy world of side hustles and businesses that demand our time and energy. This isn’t a bad thing! But it’s good to build healthy limits in our day. Because if we overwork ourselves to the bone we’ll end up burning ourselves out, or miserable, or inevitably start hating the work that we love.
Whatever the reason, it’s good to figure out the variables that are motivating us to work more and decide whether it’s good enough for our time.
Working more doesn’t create fulfilling work. Working on things we love does that. Staying focused and getting things meaningful things done is satisfying.
We need to be ruthless with our time and focus on the things that matter. Because there’s always more work we could do. We could work 24/7 and still not work enough. Or we could work enough, and do our best to get done what can get done in the hours we have to give, and spend our time enjoying life, friends, and family instead.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1578
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