10 Ways You Know You’re Working Waaaaay Too Much

I’m in crunch mode right now … that dreaded time that inevitably comes on every project where you have to stay heads’ down, nose-to-the-grindstone to make everything work!

I am in that mode in a serious way, so I thought I’d share my “you know you’re spending waaaaaay to much timeStress at work when” list!

So, without further ado because I don’t have much time …

You know you’re spending waaaaaaaay too much time at work when:

  1. Your 13 year old sings the background tunes to the conference call music he hears on speakerphone 8+ hours a day
  2. The dark circles you’re sporting under your eyes these days look like they’re becoming permanent.
  3. You spend more time with your work partner than you do your own life partner or kids
  4. A 10:30 p.m. conference call sounds like a perfectly reasonable request
  5. You have no groceries in the house, the kids are eating pizza for the 3rd night in a row, but when you run out of coffee it suddenly requires an emergency trip to the grocery store
  6. Dreaming about stakeholders and deliverables is an every night occurrence
  7. Your kids and significant other know the best way to reach you is via your work email
  8. You find yourself powering up the laptop with coffee in hand at 7 a.m. … on Saturday morning
  9. The dentist refuses to let you schedule any more appointments because you’ve cancelled the last three due to work commitments
  10. You’re at a major league sporting event, supposedly enjoying the game, but are instead coming up with “reasons that you know you spend too much time working” blogs

I know I’m missing some good ones that you’ve experienced – comment to let me know how YOU know you’re in crunch mode!!!

Sheri Browning is a Partner at PeopleResults. She will not be lifting her head up for approximately the next 2.5 weeks. After that, you can reach her at sbrowning@www.people-results.com or on Twitter @sbPResults.