Frustrated_man_at_a_desk_(cropped)How many hours a week are you working?

  • According to Huffington Post, A new study in the journal PLoS ONE shows that people who work 11 or more hours a day have a more-than-doubled risk of a major depressive episode, compared with people who work the more-standard seven to eight hours a day.
  • 1 in 3 American professionals work more than 50 hours a week. – Ragan’s PR Daily

How many hours a week are you working? What is driving you to work so much?  I know that some of you have to work two jobs or extra hours to pay the bills.  But in some cases, you may have just got caught up in the grind, taking on more and more responsibilities to the point that you are now working 11 hour days and you haven’t even noticed.

Well good news… you make your own destiny.  If you are working your butt off in order to make ends-meet, you can change this.  What can you get rid of in your life that you don’t need?  Is your house payment too big, are you paying too much on a car payment? As you lower your bills, you will find that you will not need to work as much to survive.  You will also find that you can begin to enjoy more things in life like your family, your hobbies, your social life, and even your health.

You can always become more efficient and more productive at daily tasks so you can squeeze in more time but are you taking time for yourself? Is the time you are spending outside of your job truly quality time for a well rested and happy individual?   It is important to take time for yourself to relax, unwind, and reflect.  You need to rejuvenate your mind and body. If you don’t and are over-working yourself, your body will find a way to rest; and unfortunately this might be in sickness and maybe even death.

So, what if I am stuck at my current job and I need it to survive, you might ask yourself? This may be the case but you can still take one day off a week and turn everything off. Put your phone away, turn off the tv, and anything else that will distract you from relaxing.  Now that you have quiet time, take a nap, go on a walk, go to the gym, ride your bike, play a game with your family.  You will notice that your job is not going anywhere and will be there the next day.

I encourage you to take this time and really ask yourself: “Is It Time to Slow Down?”.  I have provided a chart for you to put this all on paper.

On a scale of 1-10, how would your rate how much quality time you give each aspect of your life?

Family ___________

Job Performance_______________

Health_____________

Work/Life Balance________________

Personal Development__________________

These answers should show you where your life is right now. What you do with them is up to you!

 

 

 

 

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