I thought about this topic a lot, I had put lots of crazy corporate hours in my life, worked in companies where it used to be Monday to Friday followed by 2 more Fridays (the concept of weekends came very late in my life). Yes I understand the society in which we live is extremely demanding and a constant fear of somebody else taking away my job.
I thought a lot about this topic. My life is a panoply of many things, but not having a full time job gives me the liberty to slip away to go on creative sojourns (sometimes for days, sometimes for hours). Having a deliberately active lifestyle keeps me stimulated, alive and ready for tomorrow. But there was a time, I lived like Sanjeev!
46% of workforce in India suffers from some sort of stress. A study conducted by Optum, a top provider of employee assistance programmes to corporates, found 43% with skewed BMI (body mass index), of which 30% with diabetic risk, 30% with hypertension risk and 46% high on stress.
Question 1 – Should we all leave our full time jobs to avoid that stress, that skewed BMI, that diabetic risk?
Question 2 – Does longer work hours means more productivity, this is subject to debate but if you look at the numbers, India has the longest working hours followed by Mexico, China and Singapore.
Every year we make my resolution – travel more, see the world, but this year my resolution will be to work less, and let travel be the byproduct of my working less, do more of what we love!
The BIG Words!
1. Productivity –Listen to This
There is an excellent saying in Italian language il dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing, but this is completely opposite of the corporate word “Productivity”. And productivity, whether creative, intellectual or industrial, is the ultimate use of our time. Many of us are finding that non-stop activity isn’t the apotheosis of productivity. It is its adversary.
Working long hours undermines our creativity and our cognition. Over time, it can make us feel physically sick – and even, ironically, as if we have no purpose. For all the mental work you have, Do remember “The brain is very much like a muscle in this respect”. “Set up the wrong conditions through constant work and we can accomplish little. Set up the right conditions and there is probably little we can’t do.”
2. Karoshi (You can die of too much fever, too much disease and Too Much Work!)
It literally means death caused by overwork or job-related exhaustion [Japanese]. If you read stories in Japan, the number of deaths due to overwork is raising. So widespread is the issue of death by overwork in Japan that the victim’s family receives government compensation of around $20,000 per year.
Analysis found that long working hours increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 40% – almost as much as smoking (50%). Another found that people who worked long hours had a significantly higher risk of stroke, while people who worked more than 11 hours a day were almost 2.5 times more likely to have a major depressive episode than those who worked seven to eight.
3. Neural Oscillation (Or Brainwaves maintaining a healthy central nervous system)
Over 2 centuries of 1st Industrial Revolutions our work hours have been reduced from 10-16 hours a day to 8 hours [or is it?], on books maybe. The reason we have eight-hour work days at all was because companies found that cutting employees’ hours had the reverse effect they expected: it upped their productivity.
Remember, hard works pays off not long working hours. If you truly master any skill, you need to engage in deliberate practice, we need more breaks than we think. Studies have also found that taking short breaks from a task helped participants maintain their focus and continue performing at a high level. Not taking breaks made their performance worse.
4.Active Rest (Can I really swtich off, Do I have the abillity to?)
But ‘rest’, as some researchers point out, isn’t necessarily the best word for what we’re doing when we think we’re doing nothing. Just like your workout Active rest doesn’t mean sitting in the bench for rest but doing things like stretching, hydrating or fine tuning your form.
Sit down, relax and think of nothing. Struggling? There might be a good reason why your mind seems to wander even when you try very hard to switch off: your brain never really rests. And contrary to popular belief, those idle daydreams might even be beneficial
But as anyone who has tried meditation knows, doing nothing is surprisingly difficult. How many of us, after 30 seconds of downtime, reach for our phones?
Brain recovery also needs active rest, playing with your kids, or going for a run, gardening, anything where you are relaxed and giving enough recovery time to your brain.
So what are we TRYING To SAY?? Take Time Out! SIMPLE!
- Whether it’s walking away from your desk for 15 minutes
- or logging out of your inbox for the night,
- or taking time to think by going on a run alone
- or just doing things you love – gardening, listening to a TED talk, a motivational audio
Part of our struggle is control – the fear that if we relax a grip for a moment, everything will come crashing down. That isn’t easy for those of us who feel like we have to constantly ‘do’. But in order to do more, it seems, we may have to become comfortable with doing less.
Make 2018 as your year where you wanted to pursue a dream but left because “halaat hi kuch aise thay” be it, starting getting back in shape, taking up a sport, anything which you always wanted to do.
Stay WellthyFit. Stay Blessed and a Happy New Year in Advance.