Sleep 3 hours a day, constant anxiety, fatigue.
Workaholism is like an illness. The more we” start” workaholism, the worse we work. Here are four tips on how to deal with this disease.
A rule of efficiency
We can’t be equally effective every day. It is normal if today you are effective for 70%, and tomorrow you will not have slept or caught a slight cold, and the effectiveness fell to 50%.
We are influenced by the weather, health, environment, hormonal cycle… What can we do to work effectively? Do not try to be 100% efficient. It is not profitable. You should always be at least 20% of attentive and strong, if there is a force majeure.
Most tasks do not require 100% efficiency. If it is possible, plan the day basing on your current state. Didn’t get enough sleep and had a cold? Reschedule the meeting. Give yourself an extra fifteen minutes for lunch.
Do not pretend that you are always 100% efficient. It takes away strength, and attention from work.
A goal rule
Workaholism and perfectionism – brothers. But is perfectionism always so good? Do I need to spend sleepless nights on undertaking graduate project that will be read only by academic advisor? Is it worth ten hours to develop the layout of the ad, if its function is to notify colleagues about the broken toilet? Do I need to re-read the article for the twentieth time, which will still be read by the proofreader? To waste energy without consulting the goal is to drain resources. If your task is not important you should remember the rule of efficiency. How many percent of personal resources does this task require?
Fighting the inner critic
I can hear words like: “But everyone will understand what I’m not good specialist!”
Matching with reality
You have a mistake in your work. Is it so terrible?
Ask yourself the question: “Can I correct the mistake without stopping people’s work?” If the answer is ‘Yes’, then making mistakes becomes normal. For example, when proofreading, 1-2% of typos are laid, which the proofreader may not notice. He is a human being, and his attention is subject to the same physiological norms as everyone else. Imagine that a friend will come to you with a similar miscalculation. Will you think of him as a bad employee or a disrespectful person? No? Then why do you deny yourself what you do not deny a stranger? Don’t forget: we work to develop, to make useful things and to fill the world with beauty. Not just for work.