Many people, including myself are guilty of devoting far too many hours to their work, even when it becomes detrimental to other aspects of their lives. I lived with the assumption for the longest time, that if I worked longer hours, put in more time, and got more done than everyone else that I would be noticed more, and rewarded for my efforts. For a while this was true, when you’re in an entry level position going the extra mile will get you noticed, and will help you to advance quicker to the front line supervisor and management positions. This is true at that level, the harder you work, the faster you’ll be able to move up, because you’ll stand out.
Once you get to a middle or senior level management job though, this is no longer a part of your success. This occurs for a number of reasons.
Once you reach a middle management level position a few things change:
- The amount of people that depend on your work increases substantially.
- The impact your work makes on the rest of your team grows significantly.
- You carry a responsibility over a larger portion of the business.
- You will have substantially more stressors in your work life.
- You will already tend to have to be more available if an issue were to come up.
At this point, if you spend all of your time working and just try to accomplish a greater quantity of work than anyone else you’ll most likely find yourself burning out. As somebody who has burnt out multiple times so early in my career, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Secondly, this push to work the largest number of hours can cause 1 of 2 things to happen:
- You will try to accomplish a larger number of tasks than is expected.
- You will allow yourself more time than needed to complete each task.
Let’s look at why both scenarios can be detrimental to your success.
When you try to accomplish a larger number of tasks than you are expected to, or than you need to, some of these tasks will end up being an exercise in futility. If others did not need to do this to be successful in this position, then the probability that you NEED to do them is also low. Secondly, you will most likely find that the quality of your work will be lessened as it is nearly impossible to focus 100% for extended periods of time.
When you allow yourself more time than needed to complete a task you will most likely fall into yet another trap I’ve been guilty of many times. When I give myself too much time to accomplish a task, I begin to overthink things, and second guess myself. When either of these things happen, you may end up with a reduced quality of work, and less confidence in the end result versus had you complete the task in a more reasonable amount of time.
The moral of the story here, if that sometimes you need to take time for yourself, and remember that you only need to work as much as you need to work to complete your job effectively. Don’t put in a bunch of extra hours just because you think it will help you to stand out. There is people that look up to you at this level, and that’s not the impression you want to teach them either.
Until Next Time,
“Success isn’t about what you accomplish in life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Steve Jobs
Let’s go forth this weekend and focus on not what we can do, but what we can inspire others to do in the upcoming week. Be the best that you can be, not only for yourself but also to help those around you.
Above all else, have a great weekend everyone!
I don’t know what it is nowadays, but everywhere I look I seem to find some new excuses. We’ve come to a point where most people would rather make excuses and give up, then go through some difficulty, and breakthrough.
To achieve what you dream of achieving in life perseverance is key. Nothing great ever happens without a bit of a struggle first. You need to buckle down and work through whatever gets in the way of your cause, and push through the pain. Not only will this allow to move closer to your end goal, little by little, and step by step, but you’ll come out the other side with a few new ideals:
- You’re stronger than you thought. You made it through the obstacles even though you had thoughts of giving up, again and again.
- Now that you’ve made it through this obstacle, all of the smaller obstacles that can get in your way next week will seem diminished by comparison.
- You’re now that much closer to achieving your dreams.
- You didn’t give up! You won! Take the win and relish in that for a moment. You may not be where you need to be, but you did achieve something!
Whatever the obstacle that gets in front of you in, stop making these excuses and just push forward. Be like the phoenix and rise again!
Until Next Time
Now that Christmas has arrived, let’s take a moment to look to those we cherish in our lives and let them know.
Sometimes we take things for granted, and we get few opportunities throughout the year to truly stop, take a step back, and give thanks and adoration to those that allow us to do what we do everyday.
Taking a break doesn’t mean losing traction, we can push forward just as hard as ever tomorrow. Taking this day off, this moment to breathe just allows us a renewed energy for the weeks upcoming!
Until next time.