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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Butcher


Working hard is a noble pursuit, but overworking yourself can lead to burnout, a lack of creativity, and a poor work-life balance. These issues can impact your productivity, mental and physical health, and overall well-being. Therefore, it's important to remember that taking time out of the day for yourself is not only acceptable, but it's also necessary for optimal productivity and well-being.

In this blog post, I'll discuss three reasons why working hard all the time isn't good for you, and three reasons why taking time out of the day for yourself can improve your productivity. Let's dive in.

Why Working Hard All the Time Isn't Good for You


Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Burnout can lead to physical and mental health issues such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. When you work too hard, you're more susceptible to burnout, and it can be challenging to recover from. Taking time out for yourself can help prevent burnout by allowing you to recharge and reduce stress levels.

Diminished Creativity

When you work non-stop, your brain doesn't have time to recharge, leading to a lack of creativity and inspiration. Creativity is essential for problem-solving, innovation, and ideation. When you're creatively blocked, it can be challenging to come up with new and innovative ideas, and this can hinder productivity. Taking time out for yourself can give you the mental space you need to come up with fresh and innovative ideas.

Poor Work-Life Balance

Working all the time can affect your personal life, leading to neglect of hobbies, relationships, and overall enjoyment of life. A poor work-life balance can lead to stress and burnout, as well as decreased motivation and productivity. Taking time out for yourself can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, allowing you to enjoy your personal life and work more productively.

Why Taking Time Out for Yourself Improves Productivity

Increased Focus

Taking time out for yourself can actually help you be more productive when you come back to work. When you're well-rested and have a clear mind, you're better able to focus on tasks and stay on track. Additionally, taking a break can help you gain perspective and reevaluate priorities, allowing you to focus on the most important tasks.

Boosted Creativity

As mentioned earlier, taking a break can boost your creativity, helping you come up with new and innovative solutions to problems. Creativity is a valuable asset in the workplace, and it can help you stand out and make a positive impact. When you take time out for yourself, you're allowing your brain to rest and reset, which can lead to increased creativity and productivity.

Improved Well-being

Taking time out for yourself can improve your overall well-being, helping you feel more motivated and energised to take on the day. When you take care of yourself, you're more likely to be in a positive state of mind, which can lead to increased productivity and better work performance.


It's essential to prioritise self-care, as it can lead to long-term benefits for both your personal and professional life. Make sure to carve out some time for yourself every day, whether it's reading a book, going for a walk, meditating, or spending time with loved ones.

If you find that you're struggling to find time for yourself, it may be time to consider working with me. As a virtual assistant, I can help you with a variety of tasks, such as diary scheduling, email management, social media management, and more, which will help to manage your workload and free up more time for self-care.

Remember, taking time out for yourself is not a luxury, but a necessity for optimal performance and well-being. So, prioritise self-care and reach out to me if you need help managing your workload. Together, we can help you achieve a better work-life balance and boost your productivity.


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