Being dedicated to and passionate about your work are good qualities of an individual but there’s a difference between having strong work ethics and being a workaholic – the former is something that one can be really proud of, the latter is a serious condition. Do you relate to some of the given characteristics? If yes, it could be time to seek help.
You’re the first to reach office and the last to leave – You might feel, that signing on early gives you a peaceful environment to focus better on your work or staying late really helps in organizing the projects for the next day. But be careful and restrain yourself from indulging in both all the time. You are not meant to constantly record overtime.
You skip lunch hours for work – While we all believe that the best way to do more work is to work more hours but, the reality is that we are a lot more productive when we build alternating periods of restitution during our day. Take a coffee or lunch break whenever possible. If you have been regularly eating lunch at your desk, it could be a sign of work holism.
You don’t have any hobbies – If when asked what you do for fun, answering “I love to work” doesn’t cut it. You need to find some fun hobbies that really don’t involve things you do from 9 to 6.
You undervalue your personal priorities – Do you make fun of your colleague who leaves 10 minutes early to beat the traffic rush? Or do you have critical remarks about your peer who has availed all his available leaves to go on a family vacation? Workaholics have trouble with devoting attention to their families and they are also perplexed by co-workers who do.
You don’t take real vacations – It’s absolutely fine to work a little on vacation and check your emails. But if you’re working more than you’re vacating or if you’re not taking vacation at all, you might have a real problem. Vacations are both good and necessary for your health, inner self and productivity.
You can’t say “NO” to your boss – Not only you’re every time ready to take on additional responsibilities, you actually encourage it. While this might sound like an ideal employee to most of the employers but the reality is that it can do more harm than good in the long run. Sit down with your boss and share your concern that if you take on additional responsibilities, how it will affect your ability to give high level of performance and efficiency to your current projects.
You feel stressed when you’re not working – Feeling stressed while working is a common thing – it motivates you to meet your deadlines. But you should be alarmed if the source of your stress is that you’re away from your work. If you cannot relax when you’re not working – you actually need some serious help.