workYou’re going to be working in a real job in the real world soon. That means the habits you’re creating now will follow you into the workplace. It’s important that you create sound habits around work now so you’re ready to hit the ground running when you enter the workplace. Are you one of those students who listens intently in class, answers the lecturer’s questions, compiles study notes throughout the term and studies through the night ahead of tests and exams? If so, you’re already working hard and putting in some extra work. If you’re not careful, you’ll soon be doing this at work too. You’re not going to get a pat on the back or a gold star The reality is that once you’re working, no one is going to notice or care if you work from home every night and weekend. No one’s going to check whether you were first through the office turnstiles in the morning or last to leave in the evening. You’re not going to get a pat on the back or a gold star. Your employer is going to see that you’re willing to use your personal time for the company’s gain and they’re going to take advantage of that. And why wouldn’t they? You are literally giving them your free time by completing work outside of the office without being asked to do so. There is more to life Years ago, former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam gained notoriety for encouraging workers to always leave the office on time. He said: “Life is not about work, office and client. There is more to life. You need time to socialise, entertain, relax and exercise. Don’t let life be meaningless. “A person who stays late at the office is not a hardworking person, instead he/she is a fool who does not know how to manage work within the stipulated time. He/she is inefficient and incompetent in his work.” According to him, people who leave the office on time are:
  • Efficient
  • Enjoy a good social life
  • Benefit from a quality family life
On the other hand, those who leave the office late are:
  • Inefficient
  • Have no social life
  • Don’t enjoy a full family life
There you have it. You don’t want to be inefficient and incompetent. You want to be known for being efficient and hardworking. People who are overworked are less effective over time Obviously, if you are asked to complete work or meet specific deadlines, that’s different. But if you are literally just taking work home for the sake of it, you’re not doing yourself any favours and, in the long run, you’re not doing your employer any favours. People who are overworked are less effective over time. Soon you’ll be too tired and too annoyed to work well. You won’t do your best and you won’t ever be willing to go the extra mile. After all, you went the extra mile for all of those months and no one noticed or cared.