Overworking yourself is a part of our work-a-holic culture that places success over basic human needs. We tend to ignore the signs that we are doing too much, and continue to believe that overworking ourselves will pay off one day. However, being overworked causes you to derail your goals and accomplishments. Here are 11 signs that you are doing too much.
1. You are always late
The extra project you took on becomes longer and harder to manage around your other duties. So, you start falling farther and farther behind.
2. Poor time management
You start working on an assignment for too long, or wait too late to begin, and then other assignments are left unfinished to your standards.
3. Feeling under appreciated
You start to feel under appreciated. You need more and more gratification from your peers or boss.
4. Disregarding hobbies
Overworking causes you to disregard doing activities that make you happy. Avoiding a break can keep you from re-energizing and make you work slower as a result.
5. Social relationships
Your social relationships start to disintegrate, and you start to notice your friends are hanging out with new people. Your family may also be wondering when you have time off to spend with them.
6. Unhealthy eating
Since there is no time to prepare a well cooked meal, you end up going to fast food joints to satisfy your hunger and make more time for assignments.
7. Mental block
All of the energy that you put into extra work causes burn out, and you start to lack inspiration.
There are different kinds of procrastination. Overworked procrastination is the kind where you sit around, thinking about which assignment you should do in accordance to deadlines first. By the time your mind is made up several hours have already passed.
9. The blues
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Out of nowhere you start to question why you are doing what you are doing, and whether it's worth the effort. You might end up listening to sad music.
You find yourself getting into disagreements over small things often. If you do this to a breaking point, your relationships may deteriorate.
You get symptoms of nostalgia. You may rethink your decisions and actions and worry about how you could have been better. This will only cause more stress and in the end, it's just another way to procrastinate.