With eight or more hours at work each day, the daily commute to and from, and the responsibilities at home, it's no wonder breakrooms always have coffee makers. This is a time where people are expected to work hard and be productive at all hours of the day. It can be easy to get so caught up in work that you forget to take it easy, too. By remembering to enjoy your downtime, you could become even more efficient in the other areas of your life.

Increased Productivity
If you're used to being busy, you probably like to think you're very productive. Though this method might work in your mind, it doesn't take a criminal justice degree to know that constantly working could be hurting your goals overall. You may be much less productive than you'd think. When you don't give yourself the proper time to rest, you often get less sleep and your quality of work suffers. In the long run, this can lead to getting burned out and feeling less passion for projects that once excited.

Quality Time

Nobody gets to their deathbed and wishes they'd spent more time at the office. At the end of the week, that extra hour you spent on that project probably won't amount to much. The hour you spent at home comforting your spouse after a stressful day, helping your child with their homework, or bonding with your roommate over your favorite sitcom will be remembered, though. Your work will speak for itself, but unlike loved ones, your work won't remember if you missed hearing your child say her first word or where you were during the big graduation party.

Less Stress
If you see the rest of your world falling apart and the stress of it is beginning to bleed into your work, that's a good sign you might be working too hard. Spending too much time at the office and not enough on the other areas of your life will make you anxious and keep you in a rush. It can even have an effect on your self esteem. If you're constantly stressed out, it may be time to slow down.

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Your life is more than your workspace. When you're at work, stay committed to work, but keep living the rest of your life. Take that weekend trip with your friends, go on that vacation, and do something special with the people who matter to you. Work on being home by a certain time each day and spend it doing everything except for thinking about that stack of paperwork you have to do in the morning.

Understand that life is not meant to be all work and nothing else. If that were the case, we wouldn't have social lives, hobbies, or a sense of humor. Work can be very rewarding when you're doing it well, however, even a dream job is only part of the dream.