Working Overtime or Finishing On Time!


“Time is money. Overtime is bankruptcy.”


The Size Zero Myth

#Myth 1- I will get a Pay Raise!!imageedit_3_3714574653

I was supposed to leave work at 16:30 (general shift timing 8:00 to 16:30) but now I am going to impress my boss by sitting late and hopefully he will take note of this (in terms of $$). My colleagues think that I don’t work and I am going to prove them wrong by sitting late (even though I don’t need to work during overtime, I just need to pass the time).

#Myth 2- Lots of work to complete!!

If I sit late, I will be able to finish most of my work. I need to do a whole night-er (you can call it a one night stand at work)!!

My office allots me 8 hours of office time to work, but that is not enough for the amount of work I need to do.  If I don’t sit late, I will not be able to handle the workload.

The Wise Hero Reality

imageedit_4_24196003071. Don’t be a Hard Worker, be a Smart Worker!!

In many organizations, people who sit late are judged as slow workers and in cases where organizations pay over-time for sitting late, higher management don’t prefer to have such people in the team. Beware, if you are one of those SIZE ZERO thinker who sits late, you might be asked to pack your stuffs soon. So be smart and finish your work in the given timeline.

2. Don’t try to be a Randy Gardner!!

Just in case you don’t know who Randy is, he is (at-least at the time of writing this post) the record holder for longest period a human has intentionally gone without sleep (without taking any stimulant), His record was about 264.4 hours (11 days 24 minutes).


In short, here are the series of events…

  • You sit late
  • Your normal schedule is interrupted
  • You miss the family dinner
  • The next day you wake up tired
  • And you continue this new routine all over again
  • Congratulation you are slowly getting close to breaking Randy ‘s record by being sleep deprived!

3. Overtime or your family time!!?

Why not spend time with your family since when in need, it is they who will be around you and not your bosses or office colleagues. A lot of family feuds (loved the TV show thought!) occur due to no communication, so avoid that situation, let’s start spending time with your loved ones.

People talk about time management, the fact is work will never end, just complete the ones needing utmost attention/priority and head home!

20 Comments Add yours

  1. i prefer to finish my work on time and head home. since im on salaried, it really doesnt matter how many more hours i work to reflect on my paycheck so i try to get things done so i dont have to stay late.

    1. the wise hero says:

      Great to hear that. I know lotta people who sacrifice personal life and stay late for extra income. Many times just to please the boss Good that you are enjoying your personal life too. I do the same. Good day.

      1. Olivia says:

        I ain’t an overtime gal. lol my personal time is my time. I feel like 40 hrs a week is plenty that I spend at work.

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  5. Chemady says:

    Time management needs to be put into consideration when work is involved. Thanks for sharing.

  6. jhilmil says:

    You introduced me to Randy;). I used to finish my work well before & usually moved out JIT. Never thought of staying late for those extra penny..Family time was more important than them:)

  7. Akamatra says:

    I’ve had to stay late at work before but my boss always gave me the time the next day so I guess it was ok. Smart is definitely the way to go though!

  8. Anosa says:

    Being a smarter worker is better than all nighters who end up doing nothing and only accumulating overtime for nothing

  9. These are great tips. I work at home and I just try to always set goals of things I need to finish for the day. That usually helps.

  10. Very true observations. Consistently staying late only communicates that you consistently are unable to effectively prioritize and efficiently execute your workload. It’s important to prioritize yourself over your work, it will make you better at your job. 🙂 Great reminders here! Hoping you change so many lives with this!

  11. Chelf says:

    I work from home and I end up working all day and all night long, I struggle with family time and I need to find some balance before i lose everyone 🙁

  12. Kelsee says:

    Ugh. I know this struggle. As a solopreneur, it’s so easy to work all day and work all night, but I know that I do eventually have to tune out to spend time with people and eat, obviously.

  13. These are wonderful tips! I try my best to work smarter and not harder. I’ve learned that time management is very important.

  14. Ellie says:

    Thus is great advice! It’s about figuring out how to work smarter and more efficiently, then there’s less stress and overtime.

  15. Prioritizing your work is such an important thing for everything you do. And it helps you not to feel overwhelmed by all of the different things coming at you.

  16. Ana Ojha says:

    Yay! to finishing work on time! As working overtime clearly explains that you’re not productive and inefficient!

  17. Gina says:

    Staying late to work extra time just to prove to your boss and colleagues that your are hardworking can sometimes have negative effects on you cos you wouldn’t be able to spend quality time with your family

  18. Right on, thanks for the think piece, my friend!

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