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How much work is too much work?

Posted by The New N Used Link Team on Wednesday, July 3, 2013


We all want to work hard in order to make more money and also secure our future, but are we working too much and even if we are how do we know this? Individuals especially entrepreneurs have to work long hours because they always want to ensure that their businesses are on top or pleasing to their clients. So are there problems associated with overwork and how do we deal with them......well here are some signs of overworking.

1. If you find out that you are working extra hours or overtime and what you are doing is not improving or you not making any extra money its a sign that you should slow down and rethink.

2. If you’re having trouble focusing because you’ve taken on too many different things, your work will suffer. You’ll notice a lack of enthusiasm, a lack of interest, and overall, a lack of quality output. If you’re not able to deliver what your client expects, you’re probably taking on too much. Focus on what you can and should be doing, and find a way to cut out the rest.


3. If you’re tossing and turning at night and having trouble getting those restful Zzz’s, it’s a sign you may have too much on your plate. It’s a dangerous self-fulfilling cycle too; if you can’t get to sleep because your mind is too active, you’ll be even more tired the following day. Look for ways to delegate your to-do’s and make R&R part of your routine.


4. You know you’re starting to experience burnout when you become very irritable and have a hard time keeping your emotions in check. You will tend to lash out at people that are undeserving of the outburst. Then you know it is time to take a break!


5.When you cannot find time spend with the people that you love, this is definitely a sign of working too much. Spending time with your love ones can ease stress and get you motivated to do a good job.

Overworking can cause 

Stress - But while stress is normal, prolonged and repeated exposure to stress can result in a condition called burn-out, where the body experiences symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, suppressed immune system, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and decreased enjoyment from work and play. Burn-out can also be the precursor to several life-threatening diseases.


Disruption of Body Processes -

Our body must always be in a state of balance to function properly. Unless it can find some form of stability, the body will be susceptible to illness and breakdown. Unfortunately overwork leads to fatigue, and fatigue disrupts many vital body processes. The result: your over-all way of life is affected. For instance, sleep deprivation from overwork disrupts the body’s natural ability to produce insulin, a hormone that helps in metabolising sugar. With less insulin, the body is at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. 


Mental Health Issues - The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 35% of cases of work-related stress result in mental health problems. Stress at work is significantly related to anxiety and panic attacks, given that stress directly impacts a person’s nervous system.



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