When you first got your job, you were happy. You signed the contract you felt recognised and rewarded for the unique skills and talents you brought to the role. Then you started the job, and soon you wondered how on earth the company got anything done without you.
Out of hours
Now you do more and more work on the train, or an hour a two when you get home.
You stare at a computer screen into the small hours, often missing out on a night of much-needed sleep. When you are not working, you are super snappy and not in a smiley look at the camera way. You are Grumpy McGrumpy. Perhaps you are even working late to accommodate other people’s schedules and not prioritising your own.
Weekends used to be great, but now you spend a day or possibly two at the weekend just completing details. Suddenly you are working 24/7 and waking up worrying. You’re getting up in the early hours or commuting while most people are still sleeping. You have become the job. Your family don’t see you; your body has gone to pot because seriously, when was the last time you exercised? And as for holidays, if you are without WiFi and work can’t reach you, it ruins the holiday.
What the hell happened? Where are your boundaries? Why aren’t you respecting your downtime? Are you really adding value? Is the quality of your work really the best it can be? When do you get time to sharpen your axe?
Perhaps you like the martyr role. Being the one who always delivers, meets deadlines. You are the ‘go to’ person. But are you proud of what you have produced, or is it an ‘it will do’, or an ‘it will have to do’ result?
Where are you in all of this? While you are providing for your family, it stresses you and this weakens your immune system. How ill are you going to get before you realise your time is precious? And you deserve and need to look after you. Only you can take responsibility for your time.
Carefully consider what it is you’re signing up for when you look at your next contract and if it is getting to be too much, talk to someone. Is the job worth the cost of your health and mental well being?
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