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    Default How do you recognize when you're overworked?

    Since lately I've taken up some obligations and thus almost all my days are busy, I am taking preemptive action to avoid burnout. I have never had to execute so much "mental" work for many hours a day, so I have no clue how much my body can stand it. Before I've cycled semi-professionally so I know how much I can take physically and recognize the symptoms of overtraining, but what are the signals of mental fatigue? How much can you people handle in terms of mental work (I want to know this in order to have a measure stick)?

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    When my mind starts feeling like the fog is rolling in it's time for a break and it's time to say NO to overtime. When the fog has rolled in and only vestiges of productive thought are left it is time to tell business to fuck off and take a vacation. I, however, recommend taking the vacation to keep this from happening and balance how often you say YES to overtime...
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    Mentally; I work in bursts. I endure endless amount of mental works for a period of time until the task is complete, then I require isolation to recharge.

    You know you have mental fatigue when your concentration steadily wavers. However, if you manage to push past that low point, you gain a second wind and a burst of mental energy where your mind suddenly goes into overdrive mode. Afterwards, you burn out.

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    If mental work, I feel my head gets hot (no kidding). I also feel that energy gets depleted, it is a very distinctive feeling from that of getting psychologically tired.

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    Watch, perhaps, for internal signs, like a sudden and inexplicable dislike for one or more activities; or obvious external signs, like a failure to meet said obligations (losing track of schedules, neglecting or forgetting tasks).

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    I find myself:
    - irritable over inconsequential things.
    - lacking energy (unable / don't want to get up to do things).
    - feeling like my thinking has become fuzzy or I can no longer think coherently.
    - unable to multi-task efficiently (I just go in circles and cannot finish anything).
    - constantly daydreaming about something else / poor attention span.

    But one of the biggest is definitely all the details falling apart -- I can't hold things together or complete tasks, and things begin slipping my mind.
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    Sometimes I get a headache, or feel very tired, and it feels like time passes more quickly.

    Usually I don't notice this unless other people are in the room, but after a while of concentration, I start to become very insensitive and acrid. It usually means I'm nearing mental fatigue, but I may in fact have plenty of time left before having to stop, as long as I can be alone and have silence. For this reason, I try not to do intensive mental work around other people if I can avoid it.

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    When overworked, I become:

    - hypercritical about my surroundings, especially noise
    - joyless
    - cranky

    And, my memory and concentration start to suffer.

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    If you're feeling depressed or holding strong grudges against a target person or just the entire workplace, you are over-worked.

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    when you have a job
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