How to determine if you’re overworking
Are you working too hard? With busy schedules and long to-do lists, sometimes the line between working hard and overworking, is a fine one. However, in order to protect your wellbeing and mental health, it is important to make sure that your career is not causing you to burn out.
If you have noticed a change in your productivity or have found yourself becoming more and more stressed you may need to stop and ask yourself if your current routine is working. Here at Glandore, we care about the wellness of all of our members. We have put together three signs to look out for to help you determine if you are overworking.
Your mood has significantly changed
Your environment and your surroundings have the ability to influence your temperament and a demanding work environment can have a negative effect on your overall mood.
Snapping at others or being irritated easily is a tell-tale sign that you are overworked. You may find this is happening more and more with your colleagues or even outside of the workplace.
While this can have a detrimental effect on your work and personal relationships it can also affect your own mental health. Being negative to those around you can make you feel more negative within yourself.
While reducing your working hours and taking time away from your demanding environment can help, Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways and a longtime Stanford business school professor, also recommends offering gratitude as a way of preventing any negative outbursts. He suggests making a habit of taking an extra minute to thank those around you for the work they do. Trying to cheer up others who are also working hard can help boost your own spirits.
You never allow yourself to completely switch off
While it can be difficult to separate work from your personal life during times of high intensity it is important to switch off.
Bringing your work home with you, answering work emails at the weekend or while on holiday can demonstrate that your workload is becoming too much.
Today’s work environments have developed an “always-on” lifestyle with some company’s culture encouraging long hours or rewarding behaviour of overworking. This can be harmful to both your physical and mental health and can lead to burnout.
It is important to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Managers and employers can help their employees achieve this through a number of different initiatives including, no work email sending or responding from Friday at the close of business until Monday morning, setting realistic expectations for projects including appropriate timelines and offering flexible work or working remotely as an option for employees.
Your work has been suffering
When you have too many projects to complete and your mind is constantly racing your work will naturally suffer.
Turning up late to meetings, a cluttered desk space and not completing projects to the best of your ability can all be signs that you are overworked.
While struggling to get all your projects complete your standards can slip. Producing work, which is not of your usual high standard, can have a negative impact on your morale. This can lead you to feel dejected about your work and your abilities.
While it is important to take a step away when feeling overworked, it is also important to change your routine once you return to your desk. Refocusing and prioritising your work can help change your routine and can lead to a more manageable workload.
If you are struggling with the number of projects you have to complete, speak to your manager and your colleagues around you to ask for help. Some collaboration on a project will improve the output and reduce the time you need to spend on it.