All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This is a saying that has stood the test of time. Overworking or laying too much emphasis on work can ruin ones life. It will come in the way of family life. Spending quality time with your wife, children, parents, and friends is of utmost importance.
Characteristics of a workaholic
– Workaholics carry work home.
– They even work on weekends.
– They only like to discuss about work.
– They immerse themselves in work and are unaware of other things.
– They feel leisure and fun is a waste of time.
– They have very poor social skills.
– Workaholics’ even work when they are eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner
– They are more jovial at office than at home.
– They are ready to do overtime.
– They don’t understand the concept of work-life balance.
The main cause of workaholism can be attributed to a mental make-up rather than that of attitude. Most workaholics are highly efficient people. Some of them work extra to cover up their inefficiencies, and become workaholics in the process.
Some people take to workaholism as a refuge for an emotional problem afflicting them. They immerse themselves in work to forget those bad emotional experiences, and make it a habit.
So how to stop being a workaholic. Here’s how.
– Understand that life is not just about work. It is also about little things that will give you happiness. It can be stopping to smell the flowers in your garden, taking time out to read a good book, play tennis, spend time with near and dear one. Life is a sum of all these parts, work included.
– Set out weekly goals, and try to finish your entire tasks by the end of the week. Make your weekends sacrosanct. Enjoy your work and enjoy your weekend more. Try to be more proactive and efficient in your work. This will reduce your dependency on the weekends to make up for it.