Working and earning a living is part of every day life. For many of us, we get up, we eat, we go to work, we come home, we eat again, we go to bed. We wake up the next day just to do it all over again. This structure and predictability is what makes our world go around. Regardless of whether you follow the typical day’s timeline, no matter what your job, you likely fall somewhere within the five types of workaholics spectrum.
So you work really hard at your job. Excellent. You clawed your way from the bottom, earning the respect of your colleagues, and if you’re lucky, you’ve even gotten some recognition for all your hard work. Though you may pour your heart into your job, you still maintain even the loosest grasp on a life outside of work. Well done and good luck as you continue to walk that ultra fine line.
You recognize you work really hard at your job, you may even recognize sometimes you get overworked, but a workaholic? Never. That’s definitely not you. You have been able to manage all the facets of your life with great success and your relationships with friends and family are perfect. If this sounds familiar, you may want to take a minute to re-evaluate.
Things just don’t seem to ever turn out right unless you do it yourself. You find yourself piling up your plate with the tasks of others, micromanaging those around you, and experiencing constant frustration as a result of never having your expectations met. You find it increasingly difficult to stay still and leave any fragment of your life out of a little black book planner, but life is still perfect right?
Most signs of a nervous workaholic are easy to spot – fingers and fingernails chewed to the bone, once-hairy patches on an arm or scalp now hairless, and colorfully tortured bottom lips. You may talk quickly too, but who knows if that is really a side effect of your workahol-ism or just the pot of coffee you downed this morning. You’re not fooling anybody because, more times than not, you let it be known when your work, or the work of others, falls short of what you expect. Do your thumbs a favor and give them a break.
If you’re a power thirsty workaholic, chances are you are well aware of it and so is everybody around you. You may hear friends and family frequently tell you you work too much and you may feel increasingly out of touch with anything that doesn’t relate to your work. For your sake and the sake of those around you, remove yourself from your work, even if its just for a little while, and regain control over your priorities.
No matter which workaholic bucket you fall into, be aware of signs of stress and be sure to remember your friends and family and the people who matter most.