Nowadays, there is this peculiar trend amongst professionals where they find satisfaction in posting online about how busy they are. More often than not, you have seen your friends or people you follow post about how it’s past midnight, and they are still working or how it’s the weekend, and their boss just called for a last-minute assignment. It has come to a point where society praises those 60-hour workweeks. People praise others for their lack of sleep, lack of spending time with family and friends, lack of leisure time – all in the name of working. It makes me wonder; why is society praising others for overworking, and do they realize the repercussions that are happening due to those simple actions?
As a full-time writer, there is nothing I am prouder of than my ability to always prioritize work-life balance. It may be due to my introverted personality but overworking and failing to give myself a break will, without a doubt, lead to numerous occasions where I find myself bawling my eyes out in the car, alone, with difficulty to breathe and feeling extremely overwhelmed. Recently, a close friend of mine works and got only 3 hours of sleep per day. That led to him being on the hospital bed with his brain’s blood vessels on the verge of bursting; all due to overworking.
With that said, I am still guilty of feeling that sense of “Am I not doing enough?” or “Am I lazy for wanting to rest and have some downtime?” Thus, the next time our brain starts asking us these questions, remember:
1. It Is NOT A Competition
Living in the absence of sleep, a healthy diet, good exercise, relaxation, and downtime with friends and family is not something society should be applauded for. No amount of work or money is worth you missing out on time spent with loved ones and with yourself. It’s crazy how you hear people bicker on who is more stressed out,
“I’m so tired. I’ve had to work double shifts every day this week but only get one day off.”
“You think that’s bad? I’ve been doing so much overtime that I haven’t had a day off in four months.”
Don’t allow yourself to see this as a competition because it is not. Much like how no one knows what is going on in other people’s life, nobody knows our workload. Hence, if we can take that break, don’t ignore it just for the sake of being perceived as “busy”. Overworking should not be seen as a badge of honor.
2. Acknowledging That You’re Tired Does Not Mean That You’re LAZY
After sitting in front of your computer all day working, it is only natural that you’re tired, that your back hurts, and your eyes are sore from all that screen time, especially on a Friday when you’ve been building up all that stress and mental burnout for the past four days. However, the new #Hustle mentality deters people from admitting that they’re tired to avoid being labeled “lazy”. As if being tired is a sin.
3. Burn Out Means Sloppy Work and Missed Deadlines
While you want to do your job well, it is also vital to give yourself that well-deserved rest time to reset your mind. Putting in that insane amount of work just to get a half-assed outcome is not something neither you nor your company will be happy with. A good practice that all employers should implement is to remind employees to speak up when they are overwhelmed with work. Encouraging them to take time off means they are getting a good work-life balance, which equals better quality work and better retention.
“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
– Dolly Parton