In New York it is very typical to be working till 8 or 9 pm everyday no matter the industry you are in. There are so many articles out there that say working long hours causes depression, anxiety, becomes counterproductive or a mix of all the above…. but it’s embedded into the New York culture and very hard to step out of. And like my dad always said, “if everyone would jump of a bridge… would you?”
Well… I guess if everyone is doing it then you, dear dad, must be doing it and so it must be ok. (This is when my dad stopped using this on me… #smartass.)
These extreme work hours tend to play a toll on the “life” part of work/life balance. It makes it very hard to do just about anything else when you are 11 hours billable – hobbies, working out, shopping, exploring the little things that make NYC spectacular or even sleep! So before you pack your bags and come riding into NY with your dream on a saddle just remember its a work hard, play hard world.
Here are my top tips to avoid the burnout:
- Work can go on forever so you have to draw the line for yourself of how much you need to accomplish today and how much can be picked up tomorrow
- Asking for help is not a sign of weakness my friend. If you are falling behind and need 36 hours in a day to only catch up you need some help
- Turn it off… you already are leaving work super late, when you go home do something for you and avoid the blackberry for a bit… trust me if it was a crisis they have your cell phone number.