Being a workaholic goes beyond enjoying your job as there are certain undeniable signs that you may just be taking your work a little too far. While it may seem like a good thing for the company you work for, there is a need for you to put your interests first.
You Are The First At Work And The Last To Leave
While you may seem like the type that enjoys spending their early mornings going through work on their desk before the mad rush of meetings, and the evenings might provide a quiet time to organize tasks for tomorrow, doing both too often could be a sign that you’re a workaholic.
Working excessively will make you tired, sick, and burned out. More so, studies show that long hours don’t necessarily mean productive hours. Keeping a healthy work-life balance means clocking out after your eight hours end.
You Don’t Have Hobbies Or Fun Activities Outside Work
On a similar note, when work-related goals or successes are the only factors motivating you to get up in the morning, it’s perhaps time for you to reassess your priorities.
And this doesn’t mean you should start reading your company handbook while on your way to work or lifting weights at your standing desk.
Find hobbies that don’t involve what you do from 9 to 5. Make it a goal to visit all of the museums in your city, or volunteer at a local nonprofit on the weekends. Your daily satisfaction will increase when you’re not spending all of your time in the office.
You Find It Difficult To Log Out
There is a reason why workers are given vacation days. If you are stressing about an impending deadline while you’re with your friends or family, or trying to fit in a work calls while you’re lounging at the beach, you might have a problem.
When you leave the office, try to turn off all work devices; and keep them away somewhere safe and inaccessible. You can even reduce the number of times you check your emails daily.
For instance, once when you first arrive in the office, once after lunch, and one more time before you leave. Becoming too preoccupied with work will make you forget to be in the present moment.
You Fail To Care For Your Body
Of you Constantly feel ill, it could be a sign you are a workaholic. Research shows that workaholics are at higher risk for a number of physical and psychological disorders, including type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, depression, and anxiety.
Workaholics also have higher burnout rates and truncated career trajectories. Working while you’re sick could mean making a mistake or losing productive working hours. As such, you should try avoiding grabbing fast food for a quick lunch or skipping the gym because you decided to stay late at the office.
Your Self-worth Is Tied To Work
While it is totally good to celebrate your success at work, depending on them to be happy is a problem. A workaholic relies on external validation from their boss, colleagues, and clients.
Most usually wait for external evaluations such as mid-year or annual reviews done by others to understand how well they are doing. It is important to find things outside of work that make you feel successful too, like a book club or sports team.