There are two types of working too hard; the having a really bad job kind of too hard where your boss simply won’t employ enough people to get the work done and you find yourself overloaded with mundane tasks, and the kind of over work that occurs because love your job and wish you could move into the office (A bed wouldn’t be that much of an inconvenience right?) type of overwork where you aren’t even aware of the effect it’s having on your life.
So whether you only go to work for the money, or whether you’re absolutely head over heels in love with your job. Either way, it’s easy to get sucked in to a trap where you’re working far too hard and it begins to seriously affect your life. Just take a break for a couple of minutes and check out these 5 signs that you’re working too hard.
1. Aches and pains
Aches and pains reach places you never knew that you had, and they’re not just from physical work either. Physical aches and pains can be brought on by stress and tension just from being in the office. Let’s not even mention those headaches from staring at screens for far too long or sitting down for long periods on uncomfortable and un-ergonomic office chairs!
2. You’ve forgotten what your friends look like
You’re pretty sure you had friends once, but the thing is that you’re so busy with work that you just don’t get around to seeing them. Are you sure that your mates remember who you are? Take a night once in a while to catch up.
3. You can’t stop thinking about work
Even in your down time if you can’t stop thinking about work you're working too hard. Whether you’re planning new projects in excitement and anticipation, or simply can’t stop thinking about, or you take your work home with you too often, the fact that you have to face that place again tomorrow it’s not a particularly health way to live. Take some time out to watch Game of Thrones or something, for goodness sake!
4 You’re in a love/hate relationship with your phone
You hate the ball and chain that come in the shiny form of a smartphone, that allows your boss and your colleagues to reach you when you’re away from the office. You can’t quite resist the urge to answer your emails because you know that’s one less thing you’ve got to do when you’re in the office and your number one contact is your boss.
5. You’re always running late
As a workaholic you may feel like you need to get the task at hand finished before you do anything else. As a result you probably find yourself running late to most meetings with both colleagues and clients. Take a step back, a deep breath and begin to refocus on what your priorities are, both in life and work.
If you love your job, that’s great, but don’t forget that it’s okay to have a life. If you’re over worked and don’t love your job so much then maybe it’s time to get a new one. Here at Coursefeeder we offer numerous courses that can help you to change your career and advice on how to change the way your work life is going.