Being Workaholic, Good Or Bad?

December 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Business

Intrinsically, there is nothing erroneous about working. In fact, it’s quite appreciative if you love your work and find it stimulating, motivating, and gratifying. These reasons are enough to keep you busy with inexhaustible work for most of the hours of your day.

However, there comes a time in your hectic life when you realize there is something more than work that needs your attention. You realize resting is essential, and the pressure of work is beginning to become a major issue. It’s time to sit back and explore a different approach when work starts affecting your relationships, cheerfulness, and fitness.

I can’t really fling a readymade expedient on your table nor would you want me to. However, I am sure you can derive some help in your exploration from the below mentioned steps.

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  1. Why do you achieve your work targets?

    No, I ain’t saying you don’t have to. It’s perfectly normal to achieve it and quite natural to be proud about it. However, it shouldn’t be the only focus of your life. When was the last time you listed down a ‘to do list’ for your family? When was a last time you thought about doing something about your hobby, passion, or something you love?

    If working hard is your passion, that’s great. But, there has to be something more. Something that you love other than work. There would be a hobby, maybe you haven’t started it yet, but you love thinking about it. Or maybe you love being with a family member or a friend.

    I wouldn’t buy it if you say “I don’t love anything except work”. This happens only when you act being a workaholic, not a real one because a human, workaholic or not, has some desires, hidden passions, or simply likings.

    Take a pen and paper, and start jotting down 5 things that makes you happy. Remember, none of them should involve your office work and at least one of them gotta be a person. Do it. Don’t you need a balanced life?

    Start giving some time to these 5 things. You can start by sparing just few minutes to each of them out of your busy 24 hours.

  2. Are you a workaholic?

    The answer to this question is yes when you literally dream about it every night in your sleep. And you think about it in while you are awake, all the hours.

    are you a workaholic

    If you are one of these workaholics, consider these three points.

    First, set a deadline and follow it. For instance, decide not to work after 6 pm. Inform your office staff not to call after 6 and avoid working from home.

    Second, this deadline means no even checking emails about work. Turn off you mobile phone and even your personal computer. And please, don’t take those heaps of paper when you are out with your wife and kids.

    Third, do something. Don’t just sit home and think about work. Join and gym and work out every evening. If you are a lucky single, go for a date. Spend some time listening to your kid or take him to a café or zoo. Think about a hobby, generate passion and spend some time developing it. There is so much to do. It just needs your ‘Yes, I will do it’ to initiate.

  3. Just relax

    Minimize your stock-market window and explore ways to relax and fight stress. Search for one and I am sure your search engine will pop thousands of them.

    Select any couple of them to start with. Make sure you involve one physical activity. You can opt to walk, jog, swim, or do anything. But do it. Spend some time doing it every day, at least 10-15 minutes.

  4. Feel good about what you do

    Working twenty hours a day is not a way of living. Accept that anything in access is harmful. You need a balance, professional-personal balance. You are motivated to experience the contentment of achieving work targets. Now is the time to motivate yourself to experience the pleasure of relaxation, being fit, meditation, quality time spent with your family, a smile on your loved one’s face. These are real pleasures of your life.

You won’t enjoy relaxing when you first do it. It takes time to adjust, to alter your lifestyle, to de-stress. A transformation cannot happen in a day, nor will you feel happy about it. But you have to do it, from small steps to big ones, from negative to positive, from happiness to contentment, from workaholic to a human.


10 Responses to “Being Workaholic, Good Or Bad?”

  1. Raviaa on December 23rd, 2009 12:36 am

    Most folks would probably understand workaholism as working 24/7, neglecting your family and loved ones, etc. If that’s the case, you’re not an workaholic anymore, but a zombie… lol

    P.S. Relaxing is crucial it’s the KEY to workaholism.


  2. elmot on December 23rd, 2009 1:52 am

    I think there is no big problem with being workaholic so long as one can manage his schedule pretty well without putting into jeopardy other spheres of his life.
    .-= elmot´s last blog ..Steven Tyler to Enter Rehab due to Pain Killer Addiction =-.


  3. Mark - Niche StoreBuilder on December 23rd, 2009 6:57 am

    Definitely feel the pain of being a Work-A-Holic for sure! When you run your own business and work from home, you NEVER have the opportunity to “Leave” work, its always there, and there is always something else that can be done.

    Another thing to watch out for… social abandonment! Its easy to say you socialize online, but being in front of a PC, being a workaholic, and coupled with working from home, you may go days without leaving the house.

    I had to set my own rules… 10 hours a day max of work, at least 1 hour a day out of the house.

    .-= Mark – Niche StoreBuilder´s last blog ..Do You Have a Plan, or Wait To See What Sticks? =-.


  4. Blogging Tips on December 23rd, 2009 7:19 am

    By being workaholic we gain nothing just stress and strain.We need to relax some time.
    .-= Blogging Tips´s last blog ..How to split blogger header into two columns =-.


  5. Penny Stocks on December 23rd, 2009 2:19 pm

    i am workoholic on weekdays and at the same time enjoy on weekends as weekends are off and spend some time with friends and family without any work stuff or work tension in mind.
    i guess Bloggers can be said as Workoholic as they work day n night, What about you Chris ?


  6. ashok@shop78 on December 24th, 2009 8:33 am

    I don’t like being a workholic because of this I have resigned my job 2 months before and developed a small business blog,Hope u guys are doing a great job have a look @ my blog and tell me what u feel
    .-= ashok@shop78´s last blog ..New Telecommunication System Considerations =-.


  7. SSL in Delhi and Gurgaon on December 27th, 2009 9:49 pm

    Start by taking a 1 month vacation with at least 2 weeks spent doing nothing! Then ease yourself into doing things that you used to love…run, plant flowers, shop, etc. (whatever)


  8. Jose Anajero on December 27th, 2009 10:17 pm

    I was once a workaholic. Many years ago, after graduating from my masters, I worked 7 days a week for 6 months. Then after that I felt exhausted. I didn’t want to work anymore! I was sluggish for the next 6 months. I realized that’s what you call “job burnout”.

    I believe in working hard but not very hard…

    Thanks Chris for this interesting post.

    .-= Jose Anajero´s last blog ..Merry Christmas To All =-.


  9. Jacques | Web Design on December 28th, 2009 2:31 am

    Guilty! I really do not know what to say! There is not much to life except for working, for me….


    Chris Reply:

    I appreciate your honesty. However, i would suggest relaxing is important.


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