Sometimes we put in too many hours sitting at a desk, trying to do a job. If we want to excel we feel compelled to put in as much time as we can to succeed. If our boss isn’t putting pressure on us, we put it on ourselves.
There are several reasons for this. We might be working towards a promotion or to make more income. Maybe it’s just pride that has us putting in long hours.
I do know this. It’s killing us!!!
Every study says we each need between 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly. Plus, in addition to resting the body; we need a bit of quiet time to be able to stop using our brains. This is why vacations are so helpful.
On vacation, we do some things that are fun, we relax, we don’t worry so much and we’re able to enjoy doing nothing for a change! This is why a vacation is good for us.
Did you know we can do the same things without leaving town or the office for that matter?
I read about a Canadian Military group that broke their day down into 3 to 4 hours of work then they slept for 2 to 3 hours, then work 3 to 4, then again…sleep 2 to 3 hours more etc, etc. They did this around the clock. This experiment was partially successful in that they were able to get needed rest while putting in longer total hours for work.
This on again, off again approach gives some rest time, relieves the stress from working and rejuvenates the body so longer hours per day can be accomplished.
Some companies, recognizing the need to help employees overcome stress and work anxiety have gone to a 4 day work week! They do 10 hour days the off three.
In Europe it’s common for a company to offer not just 2 weeks like here in the U.S. European’s regularly get 6 to 8 weeks’ vacation each year!
Since I work entirely from home, I’ve developed my own schedule.
Typically I’ll work from 6am to 11am. Then I take off until 2pm. I go back to work at 2pm and then knock off by 6pm. Plus, while at my desk, I’ll take mini-breaks of 10 to 15 minutes each hour. Even if all I do is get up and walk around, it helps clear my mind and keeps me from being stagnate!
Taking breaks has improved my work output and lessoned the stress factor and I’m not nearly as tired as I used to be. Try it. I hope it helps you.
All the best,