All work and no play can make a person dull, unhealthy and stressed out. But what would you call a person who chooses to be that way?
You guessed it – a Workaholic!
COMMON TRAITS OF A WORKAHOLIC
Simply put, a workaholic is a person who is obsessed with work to the point of being addicted to their work and their daily work routine.
Such a person tends to spend too many hours on the job and feels awkward when he/she is not able to devote time to their work.
Owing to a stressful lifestyle, many of us showcase some obvious traits of being a workaholic without even knowing it.
ARE YOU A WORKAHOLIC
Considering the fact that so many people today are silent workaholics, it makes sense to consider whether you too are one of them or not and take corrective actions to curb such disruptive behavior.
Let’s take a look at some common traits of a workaholic –
WORK, WORK, AND MORE WORK: Is work constantly on your mind?
Do you spend extra hours at the office to get more work done?
Do you carry work home almost every day and start following up on your emails, etc., the minute you get back home?
Workaholics find it impossible to get work off their minds and often miss out on other important aspects of their lives such as spending time with their family, socializing, and hobbies, etc.
NO ONE ELSE BUT ME: Do you feel as though you are the only one who can handle the job really well?
The compulsion to finish every single task yourself can make you slog it out more than required.
Workaholics get little time for themselves due to their self-imposed, over-busy work schedule.
WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Do you find yourself constantly thinking about what you can do next?
Maybe start a new business, collaborate with someone or expand your area of work?
Often, workaholics don’t know where to draw the line.
PERILS OF BEING A WORKAHOLIC AND HOW TO AVOID IT
An unhealthy addiction to your work can have serious consequences on your health, well being, and other aspects of your life.
Workaholics may suffer from headaches, anxiety attacks and experience difficulty in sleeping.
If you feel you are a workaholic, it is time to take a step back from your over-busy schedule and learn to relax.
Once you have recognized the problem, it is time to start looking for healthy solutions.
Here are some simple tips to stop being a workaholic –
- Breathe, take a step back and ease up on yourself.
- Avoid taking work home.
- Relook at your workload and recognize opportunities for delegating tasks to other people in your team.
- Define clear boundaries for yourself so you can make time for other aspects of your life – personal, family, hobbies and interests, health and fitness, etc.
- Declutter your phone and office space by deleting apps and removing things that you do not need in your space.
- Turn off work emails and other notifications when you are at home.
Remember: You have only one life and it is your responsibility to live it well.