Overwork is NOT A Badge of Pride

Overwork has become the norm in many companies – something expected and even admired. Everything we do outside the office – no matter how rewarding – is quietly denigrated. Relaxation, hobbies, raising children or reading a book are dismissed as laziness. That’s how powerful the mythology of work is. – Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

Years ago I wrote that an all-nighter is only a sign that you’re an idiot. You do them because you can’t say NO. You do them because your rates are too low and thus you can’t earn what it takes to keep your business running.

In short, it’s your fault if you run your own business.

So, the article quoted above hits home taking this overwork thing out of just freelancers and into the greater world of work. When I review Rest, I got to learn something I had heard before. We’re only productive for around 4 hours a day. Anything over that is mostly just butt in chair time and stressful.

The maximum my work week can be is 38 hours by the time I take out the family commitments we have. That’s no bathroom breaks. No runs after 6am.

Needless to say it doesn’t happen. I get around 30 hours in the office in a week and still produce lots of valuable work.

You can do it. The key question that I ask myself every day is “What is the single thing I can do today that will make the rest of my work easier or irrelevant?”

Then I do that thing ignoring everything else.

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