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Early signs of Workaholism
Signs that youíre a workaholic


Itís Saturday night and youíre at homeÖ working. This would normally be the time to share some good times with friends, but not anymore.

Ever since that big promotion, youíve decided that work has to come first. Working at home isnít that bad every now and again, right? Wrong. Once it becomes a regular routine, you might be unknowingly starting a new career as a workaholic.
ĎWorkaholicí sounds like a buzzword for office overachievers, but in todayís competitive workplace, workaholism is an all-too-common problem that is characterised by an addiction to work. Just like any dependency, itís a serious cause for concern.
The boss might think that a workaholicís long hours and superhuman work ethic are great for business, but thatís often not the case.

The greater the workload, the more damage you can do to your social life, your health and your emotional well-being. If you think that being a workaholic is honorable, think again. In the long run, it will hurt your career more than help it.
Are you a workaholic? We decided to take a closer look at the warning signs and what you can do to stop them in their tracks.

Working outside the office:
When the workday ends for everyone else, yours continues. It might be an evening, a weekend or even a vacation. It doesnít matter, because if youíre not doing at least some work, youíll feel bored and unproductive or, worse yet, worried out of your mind that youíre not doing more work.

Believe it or not, working past quitting time will hurt your productivity and your overall performance. Itís also a health risk, as it can trigger numerous ailments, make you tired and evoke a general feeling of isolation.
Solution: If youíre constantly working at home, you need to reclaim your peace and quiet and give your office space the boot. Itís easier said than done, but you can start by keeping track of how many work hours are being put in at home. From there, formulate a plan to gradually lower them. Donít rush.
Take small steps, such as not working on specific days, but be prepared for some bumps and bruises along the way. Just like kicking the toughest of bad habits, choosing to cut down on work will induce some withdrawal symptoms in the early stages.
Depression and anxiety are some of the most common afflictions, but even with short-term setbacks, you and your body will be better off in the long run.
While youíre dealing with these changes, take a trip to your doctor for a full physical. Ensure that youíve got a clean bill of health and then make physical activity, sleep and a healthy diet the staples of your daily routine.
When youíre planning your next vacation, make sure that it doesnít involve work. Vacations shouldnít be complicated by business. Your relaxation time comes first.

Never fully disconnecting from work
You might not be at your office around the clock, but most of your time is still based around work. Your important clients and coworkers all have your cell number when they need you. Your laptop is never out of sight, in case you need to log in at a momentís notice.
It might feel like youíre only making yourself available, but work is now taking priority over everything else. When that happens, you wonít make the time for extracurricular activities that are important for you to enjoy.
Solution: If youíre maintaining a 24/7 connection with work, itís time to change your subscription and add a few new lifestyle channels. That means making the time for new and satisfying activities that will energise your mind and body Ė not just your

Blackberry typing skills.

Even better are hobbies that will add diversity to your overall lifestyle. If your work keeps you inside and mostly stationary, your new hobbies should take you outside Ė taking on jogging or golf as regular activities would certainly do the trick. The key is to pick something that you like, so that you can balance your lifestyle with the right mix of work, relaxation and fun.
If youíre feeling less Ďtuned iní to the office on your off-hours, itís a good thing. Donít feel guilty. Your new disconnection from the office will only serve to strengthen your abilities when youíre back on the job.
Constantly talking about work
It might be your friends, it might be your wife; if someoneís willing to listen, youíre more than happy to talk about work as much as possible. Maybe itís another project or a boss you dislike Ė either way, you have to talk about it. While a little bit of work chatter is certainly allowed, you arenít actually paying attention to the people closest to you.
Your relationship isnít with them, itís with your work, and the people in your life are turning into accessories. By harming your personal life, you are only encouraging yourself to keep working, especially when you push away the ones who care about you the most.
Solution: The topic of work might matter to you, but itís not necessarily popular with everyone else. Your friends and loved ones want you to be happy, but you need to give them their due attention as well. That starts with recognising the effect that work is having on your conversations and intimate relationships as a whole.
As with other addictions, an honest awareness of your problem goes a long way. Be honest and ask your family and friends for their feelings on how your work issues are affecting them. It wonít be an easy conversation, but it will be a step in the right direction.

Balancing act
A perfect life balance for some might mean steady work, steady relationships and steady health. Certain people are more adept at balancing than others and when it comes to work, itís easy to let your mind and body get lost in the shuffle.
The allure of a new job and a challenging workload might sound attractive on paper, but as you climb up the corporate ladder, donít forget to take care of yourself along the way. Otherwise, you could lose everything else in the process.

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