Thursday, 13 November 2014

Are you Workaholic? Maintain Work - Life Balance!

Few months back, I read an article somewhere about set of people who often being labeled as Workaholic. Considering the intense pressure in offices these days, tight deadlines, insecurities, competition, work-life patterns, I think its important to discuss with my blog readers. As per my observation workaholism is a state of mind, where a person try to relate everything (happening around him) to his WORK.  For workaholic person, work never stops. Even after leaving office – he still surrounded by thoughts about his work. Doesn’t matter if he is at home, but he is very much involved in official activities like preparing reports, talking to colleagues about office work.

During weekends, when we all should spend quality time with our family/friends, a workaholic person spend time discussing office issues and thinking of how to resolve them. For some people - Monday means start of another work week, but for workaholics - Monday means getting into comfortable zone as they find themselves satisfied/relieved when involved in official work.

Now instead of referring to others (whom we don’t know) as workaholics, I will say we also become workaholic sometimes.  Due to intense pressure in office these days, we often work late hours in office or do some work from home as well. Some people do that, because their colleagues are doing so. While I don’t buy this point of copying others, but I also cannot hide from the fact that sometime we bring official tension to our home which in turn results when we start ignoring people around us and get irritated easily. Why? because our mind is preoccupied with official matters and we don't want anyone to disturb us.  

I will say- it's good to give priority to your work, it is infect very important, but over doing it and bringing it to a level, which affects you and people around you, is not helpful. By over doing it, you are not helping anyone (not even yourself), but creating an uneasy environment which is not good for your overall growth.  A workaholic person often gets so tired after a long day that he has no stamina for any activity outside work.  It’s a vicious cycle.  This inability to balance work and personal life leads to grief from family, which reinforces the idea that work is an ideal way to escape from personal conflicts. 

Here are some points which will help to come out from workaholism Zone:

-    Give importance to your work/job (must love what you are doing) be passionate about it, but don't bring it to a level which affects your health and your equation with others. The way you love your work, similarly you need to love the time you get with your family. Don't let others to define your work patterns.

-    Harness habits and skills that allow you to make your own rules in this rate race

-    Take leave(s) some times & never mind about it. Plan vacation with your family/friends and enjoy this break.

-    Avoid discussing official matters during lunch sessions. A break means some free time from official work. 

-    Refuse to feel guilty when you are not working, (this doesn't mean taking long breaks for no reason) – Most Important. This is something I say to myself most of the time.

-    Spend weekends with your family friends and enjoy this time to the fullest.

-    Get yourself involved in some activity – like joining dance classes, music classes, swimming. This will make you excited about weekends and you will think less about official work.


  1. Nice article! I believe in the same idea. I don't consider workaholism a positive term. Being addicted to anything is wrong. Life in balance is a life indeed.

    1. Thanks Renuka for stopping by. Yes, it's important to maintain balance in life.

  2. Being a workaholic is one of the surest ways to reach the burnout stage soon, I've realized. Good tips there, and I would add one more: efficient time management. I think one of the reasons work spills over into our weekends and personal life is that some of us (including myself!) don't manage our time well. We'll unwittingly spend hours in front of the laptop or TV and then work late into the night to finish work. Or we'll keep slogging in office, without realizing that we're no longer being productive, and then we bring home that work or agonise over it on the weekend. It's important to recognize the sheer amount of time you're spending on something - if a quick assignment that should've taken about 2 days is stretching on to its fourth day, maybe you need to relook at some things.

    1. I agree to your point. Effective time management not only makes you efficient but it also eliminate unwanted pressure. If I have an assignment/project which is pending from some time (because I have not been able to dedicate time on it), then the disappointment of not completing it on time will put extra pressure on me and my mind will be surrounded by thoughts like - it has taken so much time, the result of this procrastination will hamper my growth, I will try to finish it over weekend - all this results in affecting quality time. Solution is to manage your time well. Very good Tip - Thanks for sharing.

      This also give me the idea that you have read this post in-depth. Stay connected :)