How long-time work overload killed my productivity

Michał Smyk
Feb 12, 2017 · 3 min read

Expectations vs Reality

As it turned out it wasn’t that easy as it sounded at first. Working full-time job with college is definitely a pain in the ass, and keeps you occupied for almost whole day, and even part of a night. When I finally had some time for myself I only wanted to rest and let my brain ‘turn off’ for a moment. And all the time I promised myself, that only about two more days and I will have some time for myself to relax. And then two days passed, and new deadline was already ahead.

Problem?

After going through analysis of those four months, I must say that most probably the main reason of my stress was trying to over-achieve. While keeping my perfomance at work (there I am paid for it, so it is my responsibility), it was getting hard to keep up with everything else. I stopped cooking meals for myself for sake of take-out that I could eat while working on a project, didn’t get out too often with my friends, wasn’t able to complete any video game, book or TV show. I didn’t attend almost any social event, because I had to work on my college assignments. But hey, at least my projects were going fine. But they didn’t.

Solution!

Solution suddenly came to me during one of my seminars, when groups were presenting our results. As it turned out, it would probably be wise to check out what other groups were doing at the beginning of the semester. While their projects were related to the subject of the seminar, those projects has also been relatively simpler. So all the time that I spent wondering how to solve some of problems in my projects, they could simply go to some reference work for answers.


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