Saturday 17 April 2021
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When work becomes an obsession

A hard worker is a person who is diligent in everything they do, be it a small task or a career deciding task. In theory a hard worker is to be rewarded with praise or a promotion. On the other hand, an obsessed worker is a person whose mind is constantly on what to do next and how far the current project is lagging behind, never taking time to rest.
Nowadays everyone is constantly rushing from one place to another or trying to move from a position to the next. Being hardworking is important in all aspects of our lives; it breeds success and instills pride especially when the hard work pays off. However, you know what they say about too much of a good thing.
There is a difference between being diligent and being obsessive. Being diligent is when you take your work seriously and handle it with the utmost care. This is when work is submitted before the deadline and is neat and organized. The obsession starts when all that is on your mind is work and you get little to no rest because of it. Just as God rested on the seventh day, we should all endeavor to find times in our busy schedule to kick our feet up and enjoy peace and quiet.
During this period of rest I urge you all to take this opportunity to even if it’s for a day, to stop and relax so that come next year when schools and businesses open, and the rush of our everyday lives begins again, you would be well rested and have energy to take on whatever life throws at you.
For people with jobs, avoid taking your work home at all costs unless absolutely necessary. When you leave work, leave the stress and indecision behind and relax. During stressful situations, it becomes harder to come up with a solution, so take a step back and take a deep breathe.
Then you can later evaluate what you have done so far and calmly come up with a solution.
As for students, you are competing with other students all around Namibia, maybe even all around the world. That puts a lot of pressure of you to be great and to stand out.
The way to study for upcoming exams and test is to study and have breaks in-between. If you study for 6 hours without any breaks you would find that a lot of what you have studied within those hours have been forgotten, you would end up stressed and may fail. So I urge you to take everything one step at a time and include breaks that can last for a few minutes.
For your New Year’s resolution, I advise you to include finding time to rest and enjoy the many pleasures of life according to your financial capabilities. Enjoyment can include going for a short leisurely walk around your neighborhood or just talking to one of your friends. This would help to clear your mind and keep you feeling fresh.

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