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Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #30

02 Apr 2013 Uncategorized

Are you working too hard? A 2006 study at the University of California, Irvine, found that work weeks of more than 51 hours can triple the risk of hypertension. A British study of civil servants found that workdays of 11 or 12 hours increase the risk of coronary events by 56 percent. But wait…there’s more good news. Constant work can lead to what the Japanese call karoshi: death by overwork (not kidding here). Stress triggers the release of hormones that help contribute to plaque build-up inside arteries. Long days also were linked to sleep problems and depression. If any of this hits close to home, how about stopping it? Schedule time for breaks and lunch, and work normal hours. If you write down everything you do each day, how much of your schedule wastes time? Be honest…cut it out…knock off work at a reasonable time, and work 8 hours a day. Try it. Your health and anxiety levels will thank you.