Overworking is defined as indulging in work activities beyond your physical and mental capacity by increasing the workload and number of hours. It usually happens when the organizational structure is gamed to promote deadline-oriented work without providing adequate human resources.
Organizations ensure that the workers provide them with the required output at every cost, giving efficiency and project completion top-priority.
Many companies encourage overworking and employees feel that they are in a race to achieve more, and might get fired otherwise.
We forgot long ago that health is more important than money.
Procrastinators severely overestimate how hard it is to finish a task.
While it can be very tough to start, you'll gain momentum and achieve ten times more work with the same willpower. The result will also be much more rewarding.
You overestimate your skills and underestimate the challenge. Your goals may be too small, or you didn't break the big goals into daily tasks.
What you find yourself doing: You don't write a deadline on your calendar, but promise to start tomorrow. You may even tell everyone how easy it is or what you plan to do.
Solution: Commit to a deadline, or make it a challenge to get done as much as possible.
You may love your work, but other tasks seem more appealing because you gravitate towards the path of least resistance.
Solution: Block your distractions. Plan days where you reward yourself generously, to make smaller temptations less attractive.
Preparation scares you. You want improved quality when you didn't work for long enough to optimize. You may waste your time by giving too much time to irrelevant details.
Solution: Shift your focus from results to actions.
Your interpretation of failure is preventing you from working.
Solution: When you failed, you did not understand how much you actually learned. Take a day off to stop thinking.
You have over-committed and have no time left. Even if you have time, you sometimes don't see the point in spending time on those tasks.
Solution: If a task is irrelevant, stop the task. Use only the best-performing ways to achieve your objectives. Prioritize your goals and work on one at a time. Also, know that you can make progress at a slower pace.
Your poor time-management/prioritization skills are setting you back. You hate routines because you feel they take away your freedom, but then you never have time to do what you love.
Solution: Learn to work smarter with the Pomodoro technique and the Eisenhower's Matrix.
Time is of the essence and it is one that does not wait for anyone. Therefore it is our job to make sure that we spend our time wisely.
When we don't prioritize our lives and what's important to us, we won't go anywhere and we won't be able to reach our goals. Our priorities in life should be aligned with our values and our personal goals within the next decade.
There are two principles to understand when it comes to prioritizing:
Once we learn the answers to those questions we can only then behind to properly prioritize what is needed.
We usher in the factors of time and scheduling, our reasoning, our capability of pursuing, and proper tracking of progress. When we hold ourselves accountable for each action taken, we are able to waste less time and become more productive.
Being able to perform any type of professional activity with a focus that is unable to be penetrated by any type of distraction is deep work. This habit helps push our cognitive capabilities to their own limits into which improves our skills and adds value to ourselves.
Having periods of long-focus allows us to focus less on the pressure of time and more on what we produce in that time. By finishing what is needed, we have more time to ourselves and it is easier to see our priorities.
Don’t be discouraged even you are being left behind, as long as you are making a progress, you are already making a difference.
In Pareto Principle, the winner takes almost all. The-Winner-Take-All effect happens isn’t because winners are better, smarter, and stronger than everyone else. In fact, most of us started at about the same place. But that tiny little advantage can take a person a long way by compounding effect over time.
It is an idea discovered by an Italian economist. It says that power and wealth is distributed like a reversed hockey stick where a small percentage of the population (20%) owns majority of the wealth (80%).
It is hard to accept the truth that there are inequalities everywhere. But depending on how you see it, the rule could help us filter out unnecessary data, better channel our resources, and make better decision in work and life.
The Pareto Principle could also be observed in almost every industry:
Phase I: Self-analysis
Reflect on where your current focuses are. How do these impact you in different areas in life?
Phase II: Identify the 20 Percent
Link those good or bad results to the source of your activities.
Phase III: Focus on the Fat Tail
Eliminate or at least, minimize destructive routines and focus your time and energy on the top 20% habits that lead to good progress
We often walk a fine line between feeling challenged with the tasks we set and feeling overwhelmed by them.
Living in a constant state of busyness as a badge of honour can cause stress and damage our health and relationships. And when stress is self-made, it is less likely to disappear.
It drains us out of our energy to the point where we're never fully present, fully alive in the moment.
And this could have negative consequences on many level of our lives: our relationships start to lack energy and connection and we sap the joy out of our lives.
A few ways to rest that feel very replenishing:
You can relax while doing something (having a bath, a cup of coffee etc.) You don’t have to be lying down, with your eyes closed.
The key is to make this the one thing that you’re doing. Be all in with this task, instead of jumping around.
Most people want more done during the course of the day, feeling productive if they have checked more boxes out of their to-do list. Time management has been a fad for a long time, equating productivity with the number of hours spent working.
The way we approach time management is proving to be a vicious circle of wasting time managing time, turning it into a problem rather than a solution towards productivity.
Shifting our focus towards people and projects, rather than the time it takes for us to work on something is referred to as Attention Management.
Productivity is not a virtue, but just a means to an end, and it means nothing if the end is not worthy. Paying attention to your intrinsic motivation, on why you are excited about the project will make you push yourself naturally and achieve the goal.
Many studies show that bad weather days when it is too cold or rainy, keeps the working people glued to their work, being more productive as they are less distracted by the thought of going outside.
Contrasting effects, which compare your mundane task to the more enticing and juicy alternatives, make the task even more escuricating and dull. This Attention Residue happens because our mind keeps wandering to a more interesting task, making the timing of the various tasks at hand something to consider.
Example: Eating a sweet dessert makes your sour vegetable taste even more yuckier.
Based on the kind of work and energy levels, one can plan the days or weeks into different kinds of work zones, where there are clear demarcations on the kind of work you plan to do.
Patience is the simple recognition that things take time. That achieving greatness and creating a masterpiece takes time. It takes the ability and willingness to be frustrated. To overcome difficulties and to persevere.
Media feeds us the idea of the overnight success stories that make it seem that in just a few weeks or months, someone could become a billionaire or a superstar.
They fail to highlight the years of toil, luck and hard work, and the entire background that led to the success, just reporting the end result.
Our brains are being re-wired by the constant distraction & interaction with digital devices
Social media and smartphones drain our time, and suck our mental energy, even changing the chemistry of the brain. And our constantly distracted state of mind is having a serious effect on our creativity.
We all have mastered the art of being busy, with zero or little attention spans, and are getting incapable of focusing on and pursuing a singular goal.
Understanding the key components of internal motivation is a good step to find the source of your procrastination.
A study showed that participants with higher self-esteem and a higher resistance to peer pressure tended to show lower levels of procrastination. The finding suggests that intrinsic motivation works better against procrastination.
Leaving a task to the last minute may makes us feel like we are working faster to complete the task. However, it does not mean we work better.
Time pressure generally impairs performance because it limits thought and action. Parkinson's law suggests that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." The key is to find the right balance between productivity and performance.