5 Signs You Are Working Too Much

Working hard is not the solution, rather it is the smart work that gets the work done; but workaholics will never understand its importance. Working hard has its side effects. It can affects your love life and can ruin your relationship with your friends and family.

It’s important to work hard at your job, but when you start to go overboard, things deteriorate. Below are five signs you are working too much. If you fit into even one of these categories, it is time to prioritize and reorganize so that you can achieve a better work-life balance.

1. You feel guilty when not working

This tell-tale sign is probably the hardest to recognize and yet the most important. If you are turning down opportunities to do fun things like check out the latest game on TV or spend a weekend day golfing because you feel like there is too much work to do, then chances are you are working too much,

You should be able to enjoy yourself outside of work and not have work cross your mind. Even if you do make it out to the golf course, if you are playing your worst game ever because you are going through your never-ending to-do list in your head and thinking about the stacks of paper on your desk waiting for your signature, you’re still working too much.

2. Always being the last one to leave the office

Constantly being the last one to leave your office is a surefire sign you are spending too much time at work. Every once in a while it’s acceptable to leave last, especially if you are finishing up a big project; but night after night is not healthy.

A great alternative to this would be to work out of a home garden office. This way you could work longer hours because you lose the time spent commuting; and when you are finished, you are already home. Working from home with a garden office even just a few days a week can make all of the difference in finding a better work-life balance and combating the stressors that are keeping you away from home for long periods of time.

3. Your family complains they never see you

This is the easiest sign to spot. If your family is complaining they never see you or you are not spending enough time with them, you are definitely working too much. If this is the case, it’s time to prioritize and figure out what you need to do to be able to spend more quality time with your family.

This is another situation where a home garden office can come in handy, and log cabins in the UK can bring you closer to your family than ever. Being able to be home every night for dinner may not seem like the biggest thing in the world to you at the time, but it surely is for your family.

4. You’re not accomplishing anything at work

If you feel like your to-do list never gets done and you are constantly spinning your wheels, you may be working too much. There is a good chance that due to fatigue and over-stimulation, you are actually making easy tasks harder than they need to be and are creating more work for yourself. This, in turn, starts a vicious cycle of long hours to accomplish something that should have taken you no time at all.

When you are overworked your brain is tired and your creativity is zapped. It takes two and three times as long to finish something when you can’t concentrate. You will be a better, more efficient worker when you take a step back and allow yourself some time to decompress and relax. Then, when you sit back down to your endless stack of paperwork, you can kick through it with renewed energy and creativity.

5. You have insomnia

Insomnia that is not caused by an underlying, diagnosed medical condition is usually due to stress. The inability to shut off your brain at night is causing your body to lose sleep as you toss and turn and mill over the things you need to accomplish the next day. This goes hand-in-hand with not getting anything done, as you are so exhausted the next day it is hard to focus and concentrate on anything.

All of these signs that you are working too hard contribute to inefficient and non-productive days and must be changed.

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