The working population of the UK is well known for being hard workers, putting in long hours to ensure that the work gets done. The EU working time directive says that workers don’t usually have to work more than 48 hours a week on average, unless they choose to.
In America they have an annual day to celebrate their hard-working compatriots, falling each year on the 5th July, Workaholics Day celebrates all the people who work so hard, often through weekends, on national holidays and into the evenings; missing precious time with their families and often being the first one in and the last one home at night. The idea is that even workaholics don’t work on National Workaholics Day (though if they’re a true workaholic, of course, they’ll be working).
In the UK most full-time, employment contracts are around 40 hours per week, often with overtime on top, though many workers do unpaid overtime to keep on top of their workload. But is this a case of working harder not smarter?
Working smarter is often about knowing where your talents lie and what tasks will be better delegated elsewhere. Good time management is often cited as the answer when workers find themselves with too much work and not enough hours. Indeed, time management is an essential career management skill for all employees and managers alike.
Top Ten Time Management Tips:
- Prioritise your workload according to importance and when the deadline is
- Delegate what is appropriate
- Write a list, have a planner, organise yourself
- Learn to say no – if you can’t do it, don’t do it
- If you get stuck, move on. Change what task you’re working on for now
- Things don’t have to be perfect – their just have to be good enough!
- Focus. Stop checking your phone and Facebook – they’ll be there when you’ve finished
- Don’t devote your day to your inbox, give it 30 minutes twice a day, that’s all it really needs
- Write tomorrow’s to-do list today
- Don’t let meetings drag on and on. If it’s not been said and agreed on within an hour, then you’ve wasted your hour.
So are you a workaholic? Do you work long hours because you have to, or do you work them because you want to? It’s important to understand that working long and hard hours can have a detrimental effect on your health as well as your productivity. People with a better work/life balance have been shown to be more productive and more creative employees, so before you work late into the night again, consider if you’d get more done if you had an early night instead. Celebrate National Workaholics Day by taking some time off.
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