As any entrepreneur or manager in Thailand will attest, working long hours to ensure the continued success of your business is commonplace – but for many, the stress and strain of overworking has the potential to result in burnout and a number of concerning health problems.
Issues such as insomnia, high blood pressure and poor decision making can be detrimental to the wellbeing of your firm – as well as yourself – and studies have shown that working 11 or 12 hours a day can increase the risk of coronary problems by 56% due to increased levels of stress hormones.
Japanese findings have also confirmed a link between working long hours and heart disease, with little exercise, insomnia and poor eating habits cited as the main cause. In situations like this, a common sense approach should surely prevail: taking care of yourself means you can take care of your business.
However, for many successful business people, it can be extremely difficult to remove themselves from the email and shut off the phone to take a much needed break and recharge the batteries. Crucially, though, it's important to realise that even the most prosperous business owners set limits to enable themselves to work smart.
Realistically, those who have made it to the top of the business tree are built to be on the move 24/7. But working your fingers to the bone doesn't necessarily lead to improved productivity or advances. Instead, it's crucial you're well rested, refreshed and energised, ready to get MORE done in a shorter time frame.
To do this, you would be well served to remove the auto download feature from your email and only check your inbox a maximum of four times a day. When you get home, turn the email and smartphone off and get some much needed rest.
Furthermore, it would be advantageous to keep a track of the peaks and troughs of your productivity, which will help you recognise when you're at your most industrious and when it's time to call it a day.
Additionally, sending a clear signal to your brain that the working day is over can involve something as simple as switching your computer off and locking up the office.