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Workaholic? Here are Simple Tips to Fight it!

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Many of us struggle with the overwhelming desire to work all the time. Sometimes this is due to a lack of clarity around how to break free from the daily grind.

Many of us struggle with the overwhelming desire to work all the time. Sometimes this is due to a lack of clarity around how to break free from the daily grind.

My life is all about working hard. My day starts early in the morning and ends late in the evening. I didn't have time to read a book or go on a vacation during my spare time. I am always in a bad mood because of my habit. I barely had time to communicate with my family and friends.

If you are reading this, you are an ambitious workaholic or are making resolutions to become a workaholic. There are some ways to determine if you are an addict, regardless of whether you consider yourself one or not.

Do you spend a lot of energy and time on your daily work? Are you too busy to spend time with family, friends, and yourself? Do you feel guilty when you don't get enough sleep? Is your life spinning out of control? If yes, you need to seek help. I'm not here to cure your work addiction or prevent you from reaching your goals, but rather to teach you how to recognize when you're overworked and how to start balancing your life.

Know the Signs of Workaholism

Workaholism is the tendency to work all the time. It is good when you have a hobby or activity you enjoy. However, working hard can also mean not taking enough time for yourself and your relationships. The best way to determine if you are a workaholic is to ask yourself two questions: Do you work on projects that are 100% personal? If not, you are probably a workaholic. Did you ever work for someone who inspired you but sabotaged you at every turn? If so, then you are probably also a workaholic.

Fortunately, some easy ways can help give you a clear picture of whether or not you are working too much. If you feel like you are working every day but getting little value out of it, then it's time for a change. You will be amazed at how much more you can accomplish if you limit your work. If the results aren't coming quickly enough, then maybe it's time for a trip to the therapist.

Learn How to Recognize and Address Your Addiction

Working more than 40 hours a week has been declared as the norm in many countries. But being forever busy these days has made it hard for us to realize that we might just be addicted to our jobs. There are many ways to describe people who love their work; passionate, dedicated, self-motivated, and focused top of mind. Usually, though, we tend to associate that behavior with negative things like workaholic and addiction, but that’s not the case.

There are many ways in which you can become addicted to work. Whether it is working long hours, or using your computer or phone to generate income for your family, there are ways in which we can become enslaved to an activity. If you find yourself becoming physically, emotionally, or financially addicted to work, it's time to learn some effective ways to break free.

Decide If It Is Time for a Lifestyle Change

Life as a working person can be an exciting, varied and rewarding experience. And, you can work at a job that makes you feel alive. However, not all jobs offer these perks and benefits. Consider a lifestyle change if you are having difficulty balancing your professional and personal lives. If you make this change, you'll retain motivation and productivity because you won't crave work as much as before.

When you slow down and take care of yourself, you will experience a lifestyle change. Make time for yourself, set goals for yourself, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is possible, and it is worth striving for. Balance is often equated with freedom, but I think it is much more than that. It is important to develop habits that keep you excited about life and enable you to enjoy every moment.

Don’t Overcommit Yourself

You have probably been told that you shouldn't overcommit yourself. Some people say you should relax and have fun regularly, but others say you shouldn't be lazy either. You can never be sure how much work you should do in a day.

I’ve found that there is an easier way to control this: Stop working so much! If you find yourself working on several projects at once, divide them up into manageable pieces. Also, try delegating some of your tasks so that you can take earlier breaks and recharge yourself for work next week.

For the first time, I worked over 50 hours a week without taking a day off. It wasn't for lack of trying; I just didn't have the desire to slow down or take a day off. As a result of having to produce consistently, I developed severe stress which eventually led to health problems that are affecting me today. Due to my current situation, I am physically and emotionally exhausted throughout the day. Therefore, I am unable to participate in social activities outside of work.

Take Small Steps to Get Rid of Your Habit

Until this section, this was always considered an addiction. I would like to mention one other thought. I will say something positive about this section, it will calm you down. Some people think they're addicted to work, but that's not the case. It's not an addiction. You're just not disciplined enough. Addiction isn't a good thing in any case. Think of people who become addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, or gambling. They waste their lives on something they can't control and often ruin the lives of those around them. In any case, it does no good.

It can be hard to break the habit of being a workaholic. When you work non-stop for 8 hours a day, you're likely to feel exhausted after just one day on the job. It may seem impossible to break free from this cycle of work and sleep, but there is a way out. Starting small by taking regular time for yourself to go outside, relax, take a shower or go to the gym can help reset your body and mind so you can work without burning out.

Think About the Things You Love Doing

Many people work too much. Because they are so passionate about their work, they work very hard and find it difficult to adjust to other activities. When you manage your time well, you can avoid becoming a workaholic and maximize your productivity. Managing your time effectively will enable you to accomplish more. Every day is a challenge. Plan your upcoming tasks (so you don't overwork), and schedule time for yourself. Workaholics don't realize how much time they spend with friends, having fun, or trying new things.

I have one more tough one to share.

Don't blame anyone or anything if you don't do the things that make you happy. You are responsible for your happiness. Make sure you take care of yourself before you worry about anyone else. Don't waste time doing something else when you have something that makes you happy. Do things that make you happy. I believe it's better to have a few moments of pure happiness every day than to spend all my efforts to get work done without end.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Tantowi Gilang

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