I spent about 4 years working so many extra hours (going in early, staying late, working weekends) without any compensation (no overtime, no comp time, nothing). I started doing this because one of my colleagues died suddenly - leaving us extremely short staffed. Being recently retired from the Navy where you're 'on duty' 24/7, my work ethic took over and I started this excessive work schedule in order for us to continue to be the best of our organization and keep up with the heavy workload.
Interestingly though since I was able to keep up, the higher-ups thought we didn't need any help so there was no new hire - we were left short handed because it was "obvious" we didn't need the proper staffing - talk about short sightedness.
Finally after 16 months we got some help. I had to train the new individual which took time from my productivity. By then the workload had increased and I was involved with creating a new software application for our system. So guess what? I continued to put in all these extra hours to try to keep up with the increased burden.
And on and on the story goes.
I began to resent things - work, the higher-ups, those folks I worked with that weren't working extra, etc - you name it, I resented it.
I also became dependent on this cycle. Weird, huh.
Before you feel sorry for me - which is what I wanted you to feel back then, check out my special report called "5 Reasons You're Stuck In The Office When Everyone Else Has Left".
More to follow - this story affects more of you than you realize - or maybe you do realize it but can't admit it - yet!
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