Donna's blog on coaching, leadership, and life

How many hours are too many hours?

I had an interesting conversation with a colleague a few days ago. She shared with me that since taking a new position two years ago, she’s much happier with her work and her stress level has decreased significantly. Yet she’s working more hours and has a fuller plate than she has in the past.

She said her husband told her recently that although he’s noticing the increase in hours she spends working, he’s enjoying seeing her happy. And, he mentioned that the shift in her mood and outlook has been great for their family life. She agrees that it feels great to have some passion and excitement about her work and she’s finding more joy with her family and in her life in general, than she has in years.

So How many hours are too many hours? may not be the question. The more signficiant question may be: How much unhappiness is too much unhappiness?


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