We live in a short attention span multi-tasking world. Thanks to the wonders of the digital age, our work follows us everywhere we go. We do not have to be in the office to answer e-mail or attend meetings. It almost seems like we are developing into a workforce of workaholics.
According to the Oxford Dictionary a workaholic is “a person who compulsively works long and hard hours.” Do you qualify?
Here are some warning signs:
- You feel uneasy or anxious when you are not working. In other words, not working stresses you out.
- You have no life balance. Work is always your top priority. You neglect family, hobbies, friends – even your health.
- You have no “free” time. Worse, you look for ways to free up more time for work related activities.
- You don’t own the problem – even when others have pointed it out to you.
- You are not happy. And, working more and harder does not help.
While there is not generally accepted medical condition for workaholism there is a clear difference between being a “workaholic” and just “working hard”.
Loving what you do, being passionate about your career and being driven for success are not necessarily signs of being a workaholic. However, if you put work above all personal and family matters and are all consumed by it you could be a victim of work addiction.
If you are wondering whether you are a workaholic – here’s a quiz you can take: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/quiz-are-you-a-workaholic#quiz-are-you-a-workaholic
If you are afraid a friend or a loved one is a workaholic, you may want to consider an intervention.
Work can be great. It can support us, fulfill us and even define us. It should not dominate us.