It’s the weekend and that means no work, no stress, and some time to rejuvenate. Right? If you’ve ever felt guilty about watching Netflix instead of writing an email back to your boss, then this infographic is for you.
Thinking that you’ll be more productive by constantly working is false. According to the infographic, the result of working 60 hours a week for two months is the same as working 40 hours a week, measured in levels of productivity. The mind needs time to refresh in the same way that your body needs rest after a long day.
Since humans tend to deprive themselves of these mental breaks, work is the number one cause of sleep loss in adults. This stress also contributes to 382 billion dollars lost in American business each year, as well as problems with personal relationships off the clock. Other problems that could arise from overworking are glaucoma, caused by temporary eyestrain, depression and an increased risk of heart attacks in working men.
In contrast, disconnecting from work could mean an improvement in memory, problem solving and job performance ratings. Most fascinating of all is the fact that when workaholics take a break, they report higher job satisfaction and improved work/life balance.
If you would like to challenge yourself to take a break, you have options. Many of these options include separating your work and personal life, whether that be by having a separate work space in your home or a different phone for work versus your personal life. While at work, you can delegate tasks and create a to-do list, especially if overtime is likely. Finally, you can create peaceful outlets by meditating, finding a hobby, and/or going somewhere that makes you happy.
So, turn off your phone or mute your notifications, and spend some time with family and friends. It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to take some time to focus on L-I-V-I-N’.