Side Effects of Overworking

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    Richard Jones
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    Working as my own boss and employee for my job means I work a lot, probably more than I should and is healthy. My wife tells me that too much work may kill me and she might be right about that. I started looking into tips on how to prevent overworking leading to more serious issues like depression. A big one I found was keeping track of time and staying organized. If I stick to a solid schedule and keep track of my time during the day and use it efficiently then I won’t feel the need to finish a project once I am off the clock. Also I learned to separate me work space from my home space, although I work from home I need to create a solid boundary so the two don’t collide. Giving my mind a chance to turn off so I can reboot it fresh the next day.

    What are some tips you guys have about beating the burnout of overworking?

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    Chelcy
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    There are a few things I learned about avoiding overworking to the point of burnout.

    Make sure to take breaks throughout the day, at least every hour take a 5-minute break to look away from the screen. Get up, stretch and relax your eyes. The strain on them can lead to headaches and exhaustion. And give yourself little goals throughout the day that you can be rewarded for after. Like when I finish this project I can go get one of those Starbucks I have been wanting all day. Little rewards help to give you something to look forward to.

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    Hi there. Great question, and a topic most (if not all) of us can relate to.

    My best advice: be present.

    What that means in real life terms: When I am at work, I am at work. I diligently follow my detailed Outlook calendar and task list. I have reminders through Outlook and notifications as needed. I prefer to be productive and stay off my phone; it makes the days go by quickly and makes the following day easier when I don’t have a pile from the day prior.

    What this also means is that when I am not at work, I am not at work. I stick to my work schedule and when I am done, I am done. I don’t have work email on my phone. I don’t check work email on the weekends. Disconnecting from work email during non-work hours was a promise my husband and I agreed to do together. I have yet to miss a hyper critical email that absolutely could not wait until I was scheduled to be in at work next.

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    Candice C.
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    I get my workout in during the work day and sometimes run errands. Everyone else is working so it’s a great time to not stand in line getting stuff done. Then I work later when I have time. While that’s the opposite of the boundary you were asking about, I find it works great. I get all my stuff done, I never wait in lines and I’ve eliminated a lot of stress in the process. For instance, wouldn’t you rather drive to the pharmacy to pick something up at 3PM when there’s no one there? If you wait until after work, you get to sit in traffic and wait in lines. The great part of working from home is that you have flexibility to get stuff done without all that worldly stress. If you’re not really stressed out and you can learn to manage your time, then you won’t need worry about how much you work. The key isn’t as much about reducing work as much as it is about reducing the stress of everyday life.

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    Richard Jones
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    Found a few good tips for avoiding burn out after posting this question. My favorite though is change your environment. IF you work from home and you have the ability, try to actually leave and work someplace else. It really helps to give you a fresh perspective and also helps clear your mind. It’s sometimes the simple things that we forget to do that help us the most.

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