Workaholism is a condition where people have a compulsive need to work. Work then takes precedence over every other aspect of the person’s life. So the question that you need to be asking yourself is: do you live to work or work to live?
You are a workaholic if:
You’re the first one to come into the office and the last one to leave.
You can’t seem to delegate work to people. You think it would be simpler, less time-consuming and the result more productive if you just did it yourself.
The concept of a lunch break is totally alien to you.
Saturday and Sunday are just more days at the office.
The only friends you have are the people you work with.
You’ve got a broken leg but still manage to hobble in to work the next day.
Your idea of casual conversation is the presentation you’ve been working on or the idea that you cracked.
You have your clients’ phone numbers on speed dial.
Your laptop goes on vacation with you – always.
You feel guilty when you go on vacation.
You’re on first-name basis with your boss, but lately, your kid calls you ‘Mister’.
So the next time you decide to put in your third 13-hour day this week, stop, take a deep breath and relax. Because life’s too short to spend 13 hours a day cooped up within the four walls of an office. Take a break, go out and have a little fun.
Are you increasingly finding it difficult to drag yourself out of bed and get to work? Are you suffering from frequent bouts of Monday morning, followed by Tuesday, Wednesday and even Thursday morning blues, which seem to disappear only on Friday? An increasing number of corporate heads and mid-level managers are suffering such bouts of depression (that are getting worse with the rising mercury); here are a few easy and effective ways to get around the problem:
• Consciously analyze and identify the problem. Is there a pattern this depression is following? Are external factors triggering this bout of depression? Once you are able to identify the problem work your way around it. • Schedule 'not favourite' tasks in the mornings and reserve afternoons and evenings for light and moderately light tasks. This way you are able to finish 'high energy' jobs with a refreshed mind. • Physical exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep and a healthy lifestyle contribute to enhance productivity. A slip on any of these heads may lead to demotivation. • Get co-workers to help. Ask co-workers to sound reminders from time to time about a pending task.