There is nothing wrong with putting in time and effort into your work, after all, it is your work that pays the bills and puts food on your table. It is work that allows you to buy simple comforts in life. It is quite understandable that we should put in time and effort into doing your work. However, there is a fine line that you have to balance so you don’t become a workaholic. Everything in moderation is good, even work. Working too much can have negative effects, not only on your health, but also on your relationships and social life.
How will you know if you are a workaholic? Take a step back and look into your habits and your behaviors. Sometimes, when we are deep into it, we can’t see it. We deny that we are workaholics, but if we are being honest to ourselves, we will be able to determine if we are workaholics.
One of the signs of being a workaholic would be an inability to delegate tasks. You might get confused because there are some people who also prefer doing things by themselves because they prefer it done their way. They want it perfect, according to their standards. A workaholic can be described as a little bit obsessive about the task, and wants to control everything which makes it a struggle for them to delegate tasks. In a way, workaholics are also perfectionists.
Second, you don’t have a division. Your work life seeps through your personal life. It’s family time but your mind is still stuck at work. You are physically there but you are mentally back in the shop/office, or thinking about your next task to do at work.
Third, you miss out on family events. You are late, you are absent on family events because of work. You are there, but not really. You miss a recital. You miss a soccer game.
It isn’t surprising to hear that workaholics often experience health related problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, stomach pains, headaches, and heart problems. If you think you are a workaholic, you better take a pause and think twice. Is this really how you want to spend your life? If you die, someone else will be able to replace the work that you do, but your family can never have another you. If you are married, your spouse will most likely feel alienated, abandoned, and estranged from you. You may start to notice them getting a bit more irritated and may erupt from small little things.
So take some time to focus on your family and friends. They are the true treasure and are hard to replace when lost. Don’t wait until you are experiencing physical symptoms from working too much.