Sometimes we over-index on the value of “hard work”, almost as if that’s the solution to every problem.
In excess though, it can completely drain you due to:
- Regular, expected overtime
- Less breaks throughout the day
- A sacrifice of personal needs (sleep, exercise, etc.)
But it doesn’t have to.
You can still “work hard” and be off by 5:00pm every day. You can still “work hard”, while making time to connect with people personally at work.
People will always want and expect more from you.
So it’s your responsibility to set the appropriate boundaries, and push back when a request becomes excessive.
You define what your limits are. And you must enforce them.