Taken from Awake! No. 4 2017 (Are you doing too much?)
1 THE DESIRE TO PROVIDE WELL FOR ONE’S FAMILY
In an effort to position their children for future success, some parents overschedule both their children and themselves with various activities. The writer ignores all of the overscheduling caused by the WT org itself. Meetings, family study, individual study, prepration for meetings, field service. Those are just the JW things! Add that burden to the other things kids need to do (study for school, interact with peers, go to school...just to name a few).
2 THE BELIEF THAT ‘MORE IS BETTER’
“Instead of quitting [work] early,” observed Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, people “find new things to need”—and these things cost money and time. In the JW universe, don't they stress that more is better? Devote more time to personal study; consider pioneering; more ways to donate money; worldwide publisher growth.
3 TRYING TO SATISFY THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS
Some employees work grueling hours to avoid displeasing their employer. Some, if not most, JWs put in grueling hours of field service to avoid displeasing the elders (especially the men trying get a promotion at JW Corp). Coworkers can also exert pressure by making others feel guilty if they do not stay late. Your JW peers can also exert pressure by making you feel guilty if you miss a meeting or skip field service for a weekend. And then there is economic uncertainty, which can make people more willing to work longer hours or to be constantly on call....especially after Armageddon has been postponed time and time again.
Similarly, parents can feel pressured to conform to the hectic pace of other families. If they do not conform, they may feel guilty about “depriving” their children. Oh, you mean like when one compares his or her own family to that super so-called spiritual family, feeling the need to be more like them?
4 THE PURSUIT OF STATUS AND SELF-FULFILLMENT
Tim, who lives in the United States, says: “I loved my work, and I worked at full throttle all the time. I felt that I had to prove myself.” Yes, Timmy. We all have been there/done that (especially brothers moving up in JW ranks). Status and self-fulfillment runs rampant in JWdom.