24 Ways To Tell You Don’t Understand Work-Life Balance

These may be warning signs.

1. You’ve forgotten what sunlight looks like.

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2. Lunch is eaten at your desk…if it’s eaten at all.

And it’s not always the best…

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3. You’re making some slightly dumb mistakes due to exhaustion.

Email, in particular, is a continual risk.

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4. You can’t remember the last meal you cooked.

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Takeaway it is!

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5. Friends have stopped even trying to get you to do things.

Worse, you don’t even really notice.

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6. Relationships are a vague memory from a long time ago.

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7. Coffee is pretty much the only thing keeping you upright.

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8. You’re looking forward to meetings, just to get away from your email.

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9. Conference calls are time to multi-task on other work.

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Assuming you don’t get asked a question while not listening. Which you will.

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10. Even your boss is starting to get worried about you.

Though that’s no excuse for this cruel and unusual punishment.

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11. Yet you’re not getting closer to getting any time off.

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12. Though let’s be honest, you’d spend it checking email anyway…

(Actually Scaremail is an extension to disrupt NSA surveillance. Check It Out)

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13. Dramatic quitting videos are bookmarked on your browser.

You’ve got a song planned and everything.

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14. You’re also becoming less and less tolerant of your co-workers.

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15. You’re becoming increasingly familiar with times you didn’t previously know existed.

Who knew Tuesday had this many hours?

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16. Your work is consistently penetrating your dreams.

It’s hard to even be sure what’s real anymore.

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17. Logging timesheets is an epic task.

No, I don’t remember what I did at 7:36 on Thursday five weeks ago. I was at work though, pretty sure of that.

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18. Lack of sleep means you’re actually coming up with some awesome ideas.

Briefly awesome. Then terrible.

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19. Alcohol has stopped being fun, and is now mostly therapuetic.

It’s not good therapy, but still.

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20. There is no chance that you’ll take any more work on.

Except you will, because you have to.

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21. Staring at a computer is the only hobby you have left.

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22. You’re having problems that aren’t even making sense.

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23. You’ve given up on actually getting all the work done.

It’s Sisyphus for the digital age.

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24. And yet you just keep slogging on.

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