This use to be me. Sometimes my days would be 12 hours of hard cleaning and getting something to eat on the run , while driving to the next house. I did this for ten years. It killed my health and broke me body down. Now I have my own houses, my own hours , and have time for myself. But this is my husband 12 hour days,5 to 6 days a week, plus he is remodeling our bathroom in his off time. He is stressed out all the time . When he gets like that everything he is doing starts going wrong and he gets angry I try to get him to stop what he is doing and chill for a little while, but he want. I just know he is going to have a heart attack one day. He is diabetic and has high blood presure
I notice that many of the comments reflect the belief that their situation is a special case which mandates unhealthy or unbalanced lifestyles. I also noticed that few comments acknowledged that our choices our our own. A few years ago no one could tell me that I had choices about how much I was doing. From my perspecitve it was all necessary - the job, the kids, the community leadership roles, the house, the exercise, all of it. . My experiences since however have shown me that owning my choices and how I think about things makes a remarkable differnce in how ai feel. I do still eat at my desk and occasionally take work home. I also own those choices as mine. It makes a difference in how I see things. If I can choose to overwork I can choose to be balanced too. And I am, one decision at a time.
1/23/2012 9:53:58 PM
Realistically, it's simply not an option in my field to work a 40 hour week. That said, I don't work 90 hour weeks anymore, and I haven't pulled an all-nighter in 4 years. I think the goal should be to reduce hours worked by looking and eliminating "wasted" time, and also to find time during the day to restore sanity. I also try very hard to take at least one day off work per week, so even if work Sunday, I take Friday night through Sunday late morning off most weeks in the year.
I left a job that required me to work on average 70 hours per week - sometimes up to 90. When I signed my contract, there was a part that stated that I needed something like "untiring enthusiasm and energy." Sometimes a 40 hour week is not physically possible to do everything that has to get done, especially when it is as structured as a boarding school environment. I loved my coworkers and plan to go back into teaching, but I do not plan on living on dorm at a boarding school ever again. My health couldn't take it. While working there, I gained close to 25 pounds in the first year. Since I left, my stress level has gone down, I am happier, I have more time to spend with family, and I do better at what I am working on. Now, my newest project (and oldest at the same time) is ME.
I am a workaholic. I've been this way since for at least 15 years if not longer because I've had high stress/fast-paced jobs....working 50-60 hours per week. I started with a new company last summer and have made a real effort to cut down on my work hours. Admittedly, I still fall asleep and wake up with work "to do's" on my mind but it is getting better. I LOVE the idea of getting up earlier and dedicating 5 minutes to "me"....now, let's see if I can actually do it! LOL
This was a very interesting article for me to read. I recently promoted from an hourly (40 hour work week) to a salaried member of my company which translates to a minimum of 45 hours a week. We are down one member and approaching a huge deadline. Also the company i work for does not approve of overtime for hourly associates so if i don't get the workload done in between meetings, i take it home with me or stay late.. Just recently i have figured out how to plan my meals and squeeze in "me time" and exercise. It has been a pretty big challenge adjusting my schedule.
It's so hard NOT to get stressed! I'm a first year teacher for 5th grade, 45min away. I'm out the door by 6:40am, don't get much of a break, especially when it's my week for recess duty (20min to eat!! yikes!) & usually don't get home until 6-7pm because I want to get things done in my room, have an ESL class, staff meetings, etc. Not to mention spending time at home making things, grading, etc. It's tough, but I definitely feel like a workaholic spending so much time on work! Wish it was easier to just take time to relax!
2/20/2011 2:54:15 PM
Being a salaried worker as opposed to an hourly worker, my company expected us to work until the job was done with no additional compensation. That often translated into working 60-70 hours a week, working at home & on the weekends. As the company downsized - or "rightsized" as they called it, the workforce shrunk and the remaining employees had to take on additional responsibilities. If we didn't get everything done on time and on budget, we had poor annual reviews which impacted raises. The stress factor was unbelievable, but fortunately for me, I was in a position to take early retirement. Now I work part-time & do volunteer work. My health has improved immensely.
I work 2 jobs, about 75 hours/week. Since taking on a second job I am much less stressed than I was. I am quickly eliminating our family debt and improving out life overall. I still exercise at least 8 hours/week. I am married and have three young children. I am still able to be involved with parent council at their school and head many fundraising initiatives. Sure, I sleep on average 4 hours a day but that is more than I was sleeping when I was tossing and turning because of the finacial stress. Taking control of my life included weight loss, and repaying debt. I am happier, healthier and more energetic now than I have been in ages!
I am fascinated that "workaholic" and "stressed" are taken as equivalent here. I'm at work more than 40 hours a week and take work home with me. My lunch break is less than 30 minutes and I sometimes sleep alternate nights to keep up. This coming week is a school vacation, and I'm looking forward to working just seven hours a day and only having students who want to be there. So my mom complains I'm a workaholic. But I don't feel anxious or depressed, and I certainly don't have trouble falling asleep. After 16 years at this, teaching still FEEDS me and I wake up eager to get to school in the mornings. So maybe I need some help with workaholism, but I don't think I'm having a problem with stress.
It's great in theory and I am sure there are a lot of folks who CAN take this advice. Unfortuantely my hubby is not one of them. They are required to work 50+ hours, depending on the job they are doing and they have to eat when they can, a bite here and there...there is no real lunch break.
I knwo I work a lot. I know I am stessed at my job but for me the tips do not really help. I teach close to 100 7th graders. They alone are stressful. I have to plan, grade which sometimes consume my weekends and my after school hours. I have to teach and monitor students the entire school day. Tips for teachers would be great. P.S. I have to eat with my students in a cafeteria that holds around 200+ students.
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