We all have different levels of motivation for work.
From my self-analysis I know:
• I have a very high work ethic.
• I work very hard.
• I love work.
• I’ve always put in far more hours than I’ve been paid.
• I’ve always given plenty of my time free.
• If I have a poor boss I work for ‘me’ rather than for him/her.
Question to self - Do I have a sensible work/life balance?
I believe I have a reasonable balance but others may say I spend too much time working and not enough time relaxing. I would counter that I get a great buzz from work which is a positive stress for me.
I know there are times when I don't even realise I have become dull and tired. For instance Annie and I have not had a holiday for 3 years and I’m pretty sure if we were to go away for a week I would very quickly realise how much I need a break.
So what do we do about this?
I think we have to create our own coping mechanisms. We must listen to our bodies. The body has a very effective habit of getting it absolutely right when it hints that we should slow down. If we don’t listen to the whisper of our body we may the victim of a very loud shout.
Self healthcare is always the most effective healthcare because we have to justify our unhealthy actions to the person in the mirror and that can be painful.
I don’t think it is a straightforward one size fits all answer to the question “Is hard work a good or bad thing?”
My own philosophy – learned through my late beloved Dad is that we get nothing for nothing. That what he always told me and it’s stuck. I hope I am wise enough to listen to my body's whisper before it needs to shout at me.
One thing I do know is that being self employed for the last four and a half years and previously working for 35 years in large organisations feels very different. I've always worked hard but it feels like I work much harder now and my job satisfaction is far higher than it has ever been.
I guess I am in the camp that says hard work is good for me. I hope I am wise enough to know when I am working too hard.
How’s your ‘work hard’ versus ‘health’ balance looking particularly in these challenging recessionary times?