5 Reasons Taking Work Home is Bad For You

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Taking work home might be a new habit you just picked up but if you let this continue, this habit can easily acquire a note of permanence with the passage of time. This lends credence to the popular saying, new habits are hard to form and old habits are had to break.’

Why do you take your work home? Is it because you have so much to get done within a very short time span? Is it because you have a tight deadline to meet or is it because you suffer from insomnia and you would rather use that time to get some work done? Regardless of the reason you eventually come up with, it does not justify the habit of taking work home. In this article, we will look at how this habit negatively impacts your personal life and your career.

Taking Work Home Makes You Unproductive taking work home

If your work hours are the typical 9-5, you’re required to achieve a significant amount of result on your daily tasks or projects assigned to you. Taking work home typically makes you unproductive because it prevents you from getting the recommended hours of rest. The longer you stretch your working hours, the more stressed you are likely to become. According to doctors, working too much can actually kill you.

Ensures You Always Have Backlogstaking work home

Taking your work home has a way of ensuring that you always find yourself with backlogs of work because, after some time, you will become trapped in the psychological cage of knowing that you can always take the work home with you. One thing you should know is that backlogs portray a level of unprofessionalism and failure as it leaves you with little or no time for ideation or innovation at work. What this means is that you will only continue to succeed at getting by. If you are looking to give your best in the workplace and to your career, find a way to prioritise your tasks and stop taking work home.

Leads To an Unhealthy Lifestyle taking work home

Constantly taking work home over a period of time will eventually pave way for an unhealthy lifestyle especially if you’re always striving to get the work done. After some time, you will find yourself denying yourself adequate sleep in order to get work done. Within a short time, you will begin to rely on extra cups of coffee to help you stay awake.

When you get to the point where late night snacking and other nocturnal habits become regular, you will find yourself sleeping deeper and deeper into the abyss of being overworked and stressed.

The National Sleep Foundation states that adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.

Affects Your Personal Life taking work home

Ultimately, taking work home will affect your personal life. It becomes even worse when you are married because this habit will prevent you from having any meaningful time to spend with your spouse and kids. If you’re dating, you will not be spared because your relationship will also feel the wrath of your taking work home.

As a single person who isn’t in any intimate relationship, you are not spared from its negative impact on your social life. Don’t make your life all about work by taking work home. Learn to unwind, rest and spend time with people you care about.

Disastrous For Your Career taking work home

As far as your career is concerned, taking work home is a recipe for disaster. If this habit becomes a norm, keeping deadlines will become more and more difficult. This will ultimately affect your performance and productivity at work. No organisation likes an employee who is not productive or slows the rest of the team down. When this happens, you will hardly be recommendable for leadership roles within the organisation. This eventually puts your chances of career growth in jeopardy.

In conclusion, it’s fine to take your work seriously especially when the weight of responsibility requires you do so but if it can wait, leave it and pick up from where you stopped the following day. Picking up the task at a later time can sometimes, provide you with an opportunity to see things from a new and fresher perspective. Do not cultivate the habit of taking work home. It can throw a clog in the wheel of your career growth and can leave you burned out and unproductive.

Princewill Akuma
Princewill is a marketing maven, who is passionate about user-centric marketing. His experience spans Tech service, Recruitment, Media and Entertainment sectors across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. He's a career adviser, mentor, hobbyist DJ and a lover of cardio exercise with a personal record of 23.49 km. Let's connect, i'll love to hear from you.


    • Hi Chidi,
      Thanks for reading, we can agree to disagree but I can assure you the long-term effects of taking work home is more harmful to your career especially when it’s not as a result of excess workload but being a bad time manager.

  1. I actually never really noticed all you said until I was reading and realizing that it is true. Been down for a while and I am back at work. Have a backlog of things to do. My laptop had to be practically hidden even when I was sick. I planned to leave it at work today but decided like 2 hours ago to take it home and continue or finish up what I am currently doing. Thanks for this.

  2. I disagree with most of your point here, especially the last point where you stated it will affect deadline and other stuffs without giving a reason as to why. In an agile environment, a member of the team is actually encouraged to work from wherever he/she is most comfortable, tasks for the sprint is assigned or picked up from the sprint board and everyone can clearly see what is accomplished by each team member, it’s irrelevant if the said task is performed at home or in the office.

    • Hi Gilbert,
      Greats points you’ve raised but working in an agile environment that allows work autonomy or remote work is different from taking work home. There will be exceptions but when it becomes a habit it negatively impacts the amount of work you can do from 9-5 which when an employer expects you to deliver your tasks.
      Best Regards.

  3. This is one of the best articles I have ever read so far. I really appreciate your mentorship here and I pray God to continue to equip you more.

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