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Are you a workaholic?

Are you always the last one to leave the office?  Have you ever joked about being married to the job?

If that’s you, maybe it’s time to look at your relationship with work.  

In this blog we take a look at the tell tale signs of a workaholic and some simple steps to take positive action.  

There is no medical definition of a workaholic, but if you are feeling an overall sense of being compelled never to stop working, it probably is a sure sign you are in dangerous territory.   

This could mean carrying your work around with you all day, everyday.  Checking emails at dinner.  Or maybe working while on holiday. 

Other warning signs which mean you need to make changes are:

1. You think of how you can free up more time to work.

2. You spend much more time working than initially intended.

3. You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and/or depression.

4. You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.

5. You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.

6. You prioritize hobbies, leisure activities, and/or exercise because of your work.

7. You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.

So what can you do about it?  

Thankfully if you recognise the warning signs there are simple steps you can to take to make positive change… 

  • Really make an effort to change your priorities.  Work should not always be number one in your life. Remember your family and your health. 

  • Limit yourself to the amount of work you are doing! Don’t let it get on top of you. Only accept what you know you can handle.

  • Be strict and set yourself a rest day. Try not to bring your work home with you, spend time focusing on yourself, family and friends without work getting involved.

  • Learn when to stop and walk away. Set yourself targets for the day, for example no work before 8am and after 6pm.

  • Finally, treat it seriously. When you are consumed with work you’re likely damaging your health and relationships. You need to take change as quick as possible.

So next time you feel yourself overworking, remember that you’re not benefiting anyone, especially yourself.