Choices – And the Urge To Work

Did you know that we are conditioned to overwork by being rewarded for it?  Did you ever get praise for working late, or through a weekend?  It can be very rewarding.  Those rewards increase our desire to repeat the work.  We work, we are rewarded...

Overworking is reacting to an urge.

Overworking is reacting to an urge. Most of us who are overworking are doing so because we have established a habit of rewarding the urge to work.  Our habit of overworking is self-created by both classical conditioning, and operant conditioning:  Both are...

Is it working, overworking, or overwhelming?

Today I’m going to dive into overwhelm with you.  We will explore the difference between working, overworking, and overwhelming.  Most of us think that overwhelm is the same thing as overwork.  It’s not. Overworking and overwhelming are different. It is possible...

Are you overworking because of email?

I have a love hate relationship with email. Email is easy to send and doesn’t require you to find a common time to talk to someone.  It is an easy way to ask for something “without bothering people”.  They can respond at their own...

How is your work ethic?

  I thought I had a great work ethic.  I worked hard.  I ended every day exhausted. I felt stress about work and had a hard time unplugging from my day.  I wouldn’t stop until either the work was done or I would collapse. I thought, “I...