Are you working more than 80 hours a week? Is over time working leading to happiness? Are you able to balance your life? Working significantly overtime does not always mean more earning or more happiness.
Many end up working overtime because of the greed of earning more. Stop for a minute and analyses, are working overtime consistently landing to increase in happiness quotient?
Research states that consistent working of significantly overtime is because of any one of this
- Badly defined job role: Maybe you have accepted a job that is poorly structured, which doesn’t have clear job boundaries. So many times, you end up doing every one job.
- Your skill and Job description doesn’t match: Have you ended up being in the wrong job? One of another major reason anyone spends loads of overtime because the lack of skill to job smartly.
- Bad time management: Another reason in this connected world is bad time management, at the office do office work, at home be at home. If you are consistently doing overtime may check your time priorities and allocation. Maybe you are not able to finish job within allocated time due to multi-tasking like doing online shopping, Facebook during work which is breaking your theme of work and every time you break your flow you need to restart to gain speed.
- You are “YES” person: Saying NO is an art. Don’t accept jobs if you are already loaded with work and if you think. It is right to say No with right reason. Otherwise, you end up accepting everything and spending overtime consistently at work.
However, stating all the above, there are some cases where you are working overtime for the period, which does not qualify for consistently working overtime. For example, a lot of accounting jobs need to put extra hours during financial year ends due to business needs and the way business conducted. That is not because of your time management or lack of skill. This kind of overtime happens for short period with correct business reason. Another such example you are working on your start-up project, where you end up spending loads of time until your idea becomes reality. This is a clear example of passion driving overtime. However, be aware you are a human being you get stressed, you need to revitalize for better thinking and being ultra-productive.
So Working significant overtime consistently surely leads to stress, fatigue making you less productive and innovative. This creates a loop of overtime and stress. Get out of it. Get refreshed, do what makes you happy, spend time on health. A good mind can do wonders in minutes. Be active and alive.