Work to Live or Live to Work...Where Do We Draw the Line?
It's an important question. It's also one that many people have been asking themselves since the death of Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern, Moritz Erhardt (or at least I have). If his death says anything, is that we work too much, stress too much, worry too much, and eventually, all these happen can lead to a very dark place.
I'm not saying give up everything and go live a life of leisure and relaxation because that's not realistic but we should take a step back and evaluate how much we work versus how much we rest (relax).
One of the things I love about my job is that my hours are flexible. I can determine when I work and how much I work but not everyone has the same luxury. In which case, they should take the time to determine how much they are willing to give up for their jobs or career.
I realize that Erhardt's case is an extreme one but all-nighters, I feel, are becoming a common thing among millennials. I don't know if it's a case of putting everything off and cramming everything in the smallest time span possible or simply that there aren't enough hours in the day to deal with all we have to do.
If it's the former, then it's time to consider new habits and do everything in a timely matter, no matter how much you want to procrastinate. If it's the latter, I suggest it's time to delegate so that you too can get some well deserved relaxation.
Once again, it comes down to balance and how much we have of it in our lives. We are given 24 hours in one day but it's suggested with sleep at least 7 of them so that leaves 17. However, this doesn't mean we use the remaining hours to work. We need some time for ourselves and our families, too.
Balance is the key and so is knowing your priorities. We all have different responsibilities so it becomes a game of how much we can do and not short change any aspect of our lives. If we go overboard though, we can potentially suffer consequences that can do more harm than good.
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