Have you ever worked a 60-hour week and looked at a peer who worked 40 hours with loathing? I am talking about you and your peer have five projects that need to be completed, and at 5 o’clock your peer clocks out of work. You, on the other hand, clock out at 5, but stay around longer because you have all of this work to do.
I ask you: Who is smarter in this situation?
Most will declare that you are: you have a job, you know your boss is expecting this work, and you know that you have a deadline. Your “extra” dedication will show up real well on your next job review. However, staying late after work doesn’t always guarantee the raise or promotion, being smart does. Here are three reasons your peer just outsmarted you:
1. You need to learn that you will not fix all of your businesses’ problems by tomorrow. That is because, after hours, you may depend on your coworkers for some questions, or every to complete another part of the project, and because they are not there, you cannot complete what you want to get done. Also, some tasks just take time. Sometimes, the boss does not know the actual amount of time needed. Your peer, who went home and spent time with his kids, realizes this. You should, too.
2. You need time to process what has happened in the last eight hours. A lot can happen in this time. Sure, you may have one gigantic project, but eight hours of work generally gets you further than where you were. You need to just relax and let your mind just have six hours to wonder and focus on other things. Otherwise, while you should be at your most professional, you are focusing on your daughter’s bake sale that you never had time to help out in or your favorite hobby. While others are expecting you to work, you won’t be, even though spent five hours alone the night before working on a project that you can concentrate long enough to tell anyone your progress. Take your break.
3. Daydreams don’t cut it in sustaining relationships or reconnecting. When a daydreamer thinks about what she wants to do, and most sixteen-hour workers do, she dreams about being with friends, spouses, family, children, etc. You must live in the real life. Allow me to explain: When you are retired, you will use that time to spend time with loved ones. The fastest and best way to bond and reconnect with them is reminiscing about old times. Talking about your day-dreams only last so long; eventually, each person must have a real-life connection with another. Otherwise, the listener will not be able to relate to you simply because your daydream may not reflect how the listener might have actually acted in the moment. Therefore, even though the listener “knows” she is involved, she truly never was, and therefore, cannot relate.
Please…at the end of your day, please go home and take a break. Call a friend, pet your dog, run a mile…do something that is not work related. If you can’t think of anything…check out some more of my articles!