Today’s business world is faster-paced than ever before. People expect to squeeze more into their days and set much tighter deadlines than in the past. And then there’s the technology, which allows business people to work from virtually anywhere.
It’s easier than ever to become a workaholic. Here are 3 signs that you’re already there:
You don’t stick to your work schedule.
You might be a workaholic if you start working earlier than you’re supposed to and work later than you’re scheduled to on a frequent basis. You have a schedule for a reason, and that’s to spend a reasonable number of hours per day accomplishing a reasonable amount of work.
While most people have a need to work extra hours on occasion, such as when a deadline is approaching, doing so regularly may just mean you’re a workaholic.
You cannot stop checking on your business.
Years ago, business owners had to leave their work behind when they went home at the end of the day or had time off on the weekends. Sure, they may have checked up by phone, but for the most part, it simply wasn’t possible to constantly monitor and check up on things.
Today, digital tools make it shockingly easy not only to work in the typical downtime hours but also check on your business as often as you’d like. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops allow you to check everything from email and social media to shipping and sales numbers while you’re dining with the family or watching your favorite television show.
If your devices are never more than an inch away from your hand and you frequently miss what a loved one or favorite character says because you’re so focused on it, you might just be a workaholic.
You take on more work than you can reasonably complete.
It’s important to have a work ethic, but if that work ethic leads you to overload yourself with work, you might just be a workaholic. For example, you have a big project that will take up a significant amount of your time going forward, but another project crops up.
You could simply say no to the project or delegate it to someone else, but instead you look for ways to fit the impossible in. This might mean working late, sleeping less, skipping lunch, or missing Junior’s soccer games. If you’re frequently looking for ways to fit the impossible into an already busy schedule, there’s a good chance you’re a workaholic.
If you’ve discovered you’re a workaholic, don’t panic. There isn’t a cure for this type of personality, but there are treatments. Check back soon for tips on fighting your workaholic tendencies.
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