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How to Know You’re Working Too Hard

Jason Wong
Published Date:
May 31, 2016

They say that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and while being too invested in your work could potentially make you very boring to your non-accountant friends, there are other negative consequences from workaholism that are far worse. What’re the signs that you’re working too hard? Here are a few things to watch out for (and correct) from The Muse:

You have no free time. If nearly every waking moment is spent in the office, you might want to reconsider how you spend your time. Not getting time to relax and recharge will badly affect your productivity in the long run. Alternatively, if you’re putting in so many hours because you’re picking up other people’s slack, then you need to reevaluate your work situation and get some fair treatment.

You stress out every night over work. Night after night, you lay your head down on your pillow, only to remain awake because you’re thinking of future meetings, projects, or some other big company event. Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to ensure that you’re at your best when working.

You think and talk about work all the time. When you’re talking with friends and family, do you always talk about work? Things like job updates or a client horror story will likely be of interest, but if it’s all you ever talk about and all your life goals are career-oriented, you may want to reconsider your priorities. Your career is definitely important – but you needn’t sacrifice your personal life to pursue it.