Are you overworked?

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By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

We often read how relevant do time is to earn money or achieve success.  Being time-conscious has various meanings from fastening your work performance, avoiding tardiness or grabbing every available chance as it may never happen again.  However, it also important to ponder if you already overworked. Is it too much that your health suffer or you starting to alienate your family?

Whether it’s paid or OTY (Overtime Thank You), overtime is simply means overwork. It doesn’t even matter if you are an office employee, freelancer or executives. If you skip meal and lack of sleep because you are working you make yourself unhealthy. If you become frequently in the office even on weekends, then that means you’re not with your friends or family during those times.

In the book written by Australian Nurse Bronnie Ware entitled “ The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” she cited that working so hard was one the many leading regrets of those she cared in a palliative care.  She narrated that mostly her male patients shared they felt sorry for not being with their kids in their growing years and wives’ companies.

“By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle,” Ware advised.


On the other hand, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s research revealed that most workers in United States do not get enough sleep (6 hours and less) because of their paid overtime.  The study also showed that those who accepted multiple jobs are highly short sleeper (61%) than others.

“Getting at least seven hours of nightly sleep is essential to be at your mental, emotional and physical best for whatever you will pour yourself into, either at work or at home,” American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler shared.