How to Not Work Yourself to Death

Most people have a set work schedule. They start at the same time, work the same amount of hours, and then go home at the same time- for the most part. But if you regularly work from home, a freelancer or self-employed, then that isn’t your life.

There’s nothing wrong with that per se. But the main problem such people find is working long hours on a regular basis. Doing so can wreak havoc on both your health and your life. It may sound hyperbolic, but you could go so far as to work yourself to death. Fortunately, here are some ways to avoid doing exactly that.

1. Take a Break When Needed

You may think that you can skip taking breaks. Only unproductive people take breaks, right? In reality, such a mindset can actually hamper your productivity. So don’t feel like taking a quick break will make you not want to work. It’s honestly a great way to recharge your batteries for a few minutes.

2. Don’t Hesitate to Take a Mental Health Day

Even if you don’t suffer from mental health issues, sometimes it can take a hit from working too much. I myself have found that to be the case. Sometimes, I can only work half a day or even less before taking the rest of it off. If you find that your mental health is suffering- be it from work or something else entirely- take a mental health day. There’s absolutely no shame in doing so.

3. Plan Your Workday Out Accordingly

Whether it be with a planner or an online calendar, you should always plan out your workday. Always start work at the same time, and end it at the same time. If you have to start earlier and/or work later, it’s okay to do that once in a while. But working long hours consistently can take a toll on you. So try not to work long hours for several days or weeks on end. It can do more damage than you may think.


It’s easy to fall into the trap of working constantly with no days off and no breaks during the day. But if you keep doing that, it could be detrimental to you. Being a workaholic shouldn’t be a point of pride- it’s a real issue that needs to be properly curtailed.

How do you keep yourself from working too much? Let me know down below. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!




Published by Elizabeth Sarah Larkin

Freelance Writer & Social Media Manager

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