Why you should not working OT

Hi, it is Yoharmonica the harmonica guy currently just a regular worker at a Japanese company. Those who had know me for sometimes must had known that how active I am to produce new harmonica videos and posting anime related posts till one years ago.


Picture taken during Kanda Matsuri at Akihabara street.


I started to work at my current company since last year’s July. I tried to work smart and go home earlier at first, but then slowly got affected by the so called ‘Japanese work style’. Everyone is staying at the office till late night(wether they really working or not..). So I followed.

But it all ended with a very unsatisfying social life and was a big cliff down on my self improving life. I use to be very ambitious on learning new stuff.

So, below is some point I think why you should not working OT:

  1. Your days ENDED the time you get out of your office.
    Human sleep for 8 hours and work 8 hours. Now you have only 8 hours left. Deduce the time  you use to travel to work, time to do your poop poop and shower, time used to eat lunch and dinner(and supper maybe?), you normally got 3-5 hours left. If you working OT for another 1-3 hours, you got…. 1-2 hours left for your personal use… that time is gone if you are like me who MUST watch few episode of anime everyday….
  2. You get STRESS…. LOTS of STRESSSS!
    I’m not sure how the japanese thinking, but for me( and I think for most of us who didn’t think like japanese), we feel inferior because we could not finish our work on given time(that is, 8 hours a day). With the accumulated inferior feeling, we start to worry and feeling stress…
  3. You have no time for self improving.
    Which is what I noticed in the past half year. You yearns for new knowledge! YET, by the time  you got home, it is usually already passed 9pm.. considering you have to eat your dinner and take a bath before sleep.. you got 1 – 2 hours left for your personal use before you need to head to sleep. And don’t forget, those 1 – 2 hours usually ended by Facebook timeline swiping.
  4. You get sick more often.
    You got home late meant you have your dinner late. Normal salaryman usually have their lunch at noon. so if you stayed at office till 8 pm, that meant you will have to stay up with the energy from your lunch for 8 hours!(Which is kinda harsh for me who get hungry every 4 hours….) Not to mention that sometimes you feel like doing something you like(like watching anime, playing games and glancing at cosplayer photos online…) and ended up sacrificing your sleeping time bits by bits…..
  5. You have no chance to hang out with friends.
    Great friends are hard to get. By working OT in office meant that you will missed out most dinner offer from your friends. “Sorry, OT today so cannot join you for dinner. Next time” is often heard from people who working in Japan. Decline for a few times, and your friends start stop asking you to dinner.. Why? Because they know you mostly working OT and doesn’t bother to ask you out anymore….

There are lots of other disadvantage of working OT which I wish to post up here. But I tried to limit myself on how much time I should spent writing a post.(Since I’m not writing this post to earn money through advertising, but rather to get myself to keep on writing.)

Till next time, maybe I should start talking about some good behaviour that you should adept to improve your living experience.Li