Everyone works. It’s kind of like a club that we’re all a part of together. Working, in and of itself, isn’t so bad but when you start overworking, that’s when things can get bad. Have you been overworking? Here are some signs that it’s time to take a break.
1. You’re making small mistakes
Did you proofread that business report and find a small typo? Or worse, did you give that business report to your boss who spotted a small typo? When we work too much, our brains just kind of stop paying the amount of attention that they’re supposed to. The result are small errors that you make everywhere that you normally wouldn’t make. It could happen to anyone too. Did you put sour cream on that taco supreme that the customer specifically asked that you keep off? Did you make a silly mistake editing a video? Everyone gets overworked and small mistakes can happen anywhere. If they’re happening to you, it’s time to take a break.
2. You feel overwhelmed
Have you gone into work, sat down, looked at your to-do list, and just want to start crying? We’ve all been there. Being overwhelmed is a common sign that it’s time to take a break from the job and go find a beach with an abundance of fruity drinks. Even if it’s a relatively normal day and you still feel overwhelmed, it’s time for a vacation.
3. You’re tired all the time
If just walking into the building brings about the sudden and irrepressible urge to go nap in a closet somewhere, then you’ve had just about enough. When you have been working too long without a break, you start walking in every day in a haze of exhaustion. This is also a cause for things like the small mistakes we talked about earlier. A well rested worker is a happy worker and that means you need some rest.
4. You’re irritable
There comes a point where even the usual actions of your coworkers start to tick you off. The thought of the daily grind makes you roll your eyes in derision and you’re in a bad mood before anything even happens to you. If that sounds like you, it’s time to put in a request for those vacation hours.
5. You suffer from insomnia
Between the stress of the job, being irritable, and thinking about all those mistakes, you’re likely pretty stressed out. This can lead to sleepless nights, nights of tossing and turning, and trouble falling asleep. This can lead to literally everything we’ve already discussed because a good night’s rest is essential to the every day worker. If you’re so out of sorts that you can’t even sleep it off, call up HR and see when you can go to Cancun.
6. You can’t focus
Do you spend half of your shift on your phone playing the latest game fad or checking your social media? Do you look at your computer screen and the words just sort of blur? Being able to focus is essential to doing good work and if you’re having trouble focusing then you’re having trouble doing good work. It’ll reflect on your performance and people will begin to wonder if you’re cut out for that job. Do yourself a favor and take a week to yourself to recuperate.
7. You begin neglecting other things
Is your significant other mad at you for being at work all the time? When was the last time you sat down to participate in your favorite hobby? When you’re overworked and need a break, everything suffers. You have to focus all of your energy on work because you’re so distracted and stressed and that means you don’t have energy or time for the other things in your life that matter. It would actually be a good vacation idea to pay some attention to those things. Just saying.
8. You don’t have any motivation
When you feel good, you work hard. You offer to do the harder jobs and you do them well. When it’s time for you to take a vacation, you’ll find that you’re not volunteering as much. The work you get assigned seems to take forever to do. You want to take frequent breaks and you don’t want to work. If your motivation is at an all time low, maybe it’s time you had some alone time.
9. You don’t have ambition
By far the worst case of being exhausted is your lack of ambition. You may not be thinking of your long term goals anymore because you’re focusing on the day-to-day grind. Your dreams to move up the company ladder or find your dream job seem like a distant memory. If your priorities have fallen out of order, you need to take a time out to go re-learn what you really want.
When it’s time to take a break from work, you’ll feel it all over. Physically you will feel like dirt and mentally will be just as bad or worse. Going to work every day is important but taking a break every now and then is equally important. Don’t hesitate to take some time off if it means you’ll be a better worker next week.
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