Ever experienced time flying by yet still the days feeling long? Having so much on your plate that by the time it’s time to leave the office you’re left feeling you were barely getting started?
That’s the fantastic and exhausting part of having a challenging yet rewarding job.
Today I’m sitting in the office at 7 pm, after 10 straight hours of work still in the midst of bunch of things I wanted to achieve today. The work never ends. New urgent items keep popping up and the to-do list not getting any shorter.
I’m not complaining. I’m actually enjoying my job so much that I can keep pushing 10 hour days without noticing the time flying by. In some previous jobs, there have been times when I’ve ended the workday when the clock strikes a certain hour – now I only stop when my mind and body lose focus.
Work never ends, and that’s so true. There’ll always be a new task, new items on the to-do list. That’s a healthy thing to recognize. Enjoying one’s job and big load of responsibilities, in addition to the high motivation to prove oneself, can lead to unhealthy consequences. Realizing that we’ll never be ready, can be a positive force. We all need to take time off, enjoy some after and out-of-work activities and remember there’s life outside the office. And remember that work matters, but is not all there is. I think we are better workers when we acknowledge this, because a healthy, motivated, energetic employee surely contributes more than an over-exhausted, stressed out one.
Whether writing a blog, going to yoga or getting drinks with friends – time to leave the office. Work will be there waiting the next morning too!