why overtime is bad for you and how to avoid it

why overtime is bad for you and how to avoid it - REDRETICULE.COM

How often do you stay late at work? Do you come in early most days to avoid it but always end up leaving later than clock-off time anyway? Well I’m here to tell you there will never be enough hours in the day, there will always be more work to do, and the more you work overtime, the unhealthier you will become, both mentally and physically. For years I was super focused on my job, and you know what? That’s all I had. My friends started to trickle away because I either didn’t have any time or I was frankly too tired for fun (I certainly used other excuses to make things worse). I wanted to rush things, get ahead of the game and move up the ladder as quick as possible. Meanwhile, I put weight on, I lived unhealthy (imagine a kitchen with ONE fork, ONE knife and TWO plates) and the list goes on. Then I got married and my perspective changed.

Here’s my two cents on why overtime is bad for you and how to avoid it.

it’s about getting the job done

Focus on results and not on the amount of hours you put into the day. Write a list and prioritize so you can maximize those hours to get the job(s) done. Be realistic with your to-do list too. Make sure you are fulfilling the job requirements and meeting the deadlines for that day. Then let your team know what you’ve achieved so they know you’re on task too.

communicate with your boss

Establish a strong relationship with your boss and set up a meeting to discuss your goals, strengths and weaknesses. The key to making this work is communication. Be sure to make your boss aware of how you’re coping with the new workload set, and let him/her know if it’s getting to be too much. Your boss won’t have a productive employee if you’re overworked and too tired. So it’s important to both parties that you find the right balance.

prioritize your tasks

This is critical to your daily performance. If you tend to make every new task a top priority, you’ll find yourself scrambling to finish them all at the same time, and then wonder why you’re working back late. Identify the tasks that need immediate attention or that have a set deadline. Then focus on the value; for example, client emails should come before internal. Try to write this down each morning and keep that set list beside you, crossing it off as you go.


set a reminder alarm

We all tend to stay a little late most days, but it’s toxic if that extends beyond an hour every day. Sometimes we are so zoned in on what we’re doing that we forget about the clock. Just set up a simple reminder alarm on your calendar, maybe about 30 minutes after your normal clock-off time. It’s amazing how this little notification can keep you on task and more aware. It will also give you that subtle push you need to finish what you’re doing and log off.

…and turn on the do not disturb setting on your phone after hours, unless you’re on call. It’s so important to physically and mentally leave the office, and that means leaving your phone alone. We’ve all succumbed to that new email notification beep at 10 p.m., but you should wait until you’re back in the office to respond.

How do you stay productive and avoid overtime?

Photo by Rick Robillard

  • Trang Do

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing, very helpful!!
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  • Whitney

    I’m a big time overtimer. I just want to get as much done as I can. Great tips on why it’s not always the best way.


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • http://thebandwagonchic.com/ Zarrah Jane

    You look so cute

    I love this tips dear

    Very helpful

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  • Bella Pummarola

    Great tips and I couldn’t agree more! Learning to relax is just as important as learning how to do your job efficiently and on time.

    Bella Pummarola

  • Edwige A.

    Wow! Super great tips! thanks for sharing these. It’s not always easy to delegate and let go and learn how to relax, but I find these to be helpful
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    • http://redreticule.com Red Reticule

      I’m glad you find some of these tips/lessons helpful. thank you for stopping by beautiful lady!

  • thefashionsalt

    Great advice. I wish my husband would listen to this – I only see him when he’s eating or sleeping :)

    • http://redreticule.com Red Reticule

      Hopefully he will be able to slow down a bit. Work, work, work is not sustainable. I learned it the hard way. thank you for stopping by. bogi

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I try to have a very work and family life. Lately work has been very busy so I’ve worked more hours that I would like but I know it’s temporary and just suck it up. My husband is a workaholic and works way more than I would like. Great advice!



    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • http://redreticule.com Red Reticule

      My hubby works the oddest hours so we won’t get bored of each other in the near future, LOL. There is busy season in every business when overtime is inevitable. Setting a cut off time has helped me to stay focused. Thanks so much for stopping by, Alice.