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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Yes, Married but to the Job – Workaholism

How to achieve work-life balance
Workaholism, this is the buzz word among working professionals today. Everything goes fine until he or she get married to start a family. That is the time they realize that they already got married, but to the job. Hence, it is must to learn work-life balance early in life to lead a happy family life. It is bitter truth that our thoughts and energies got directed towards work, than our personal relationships. Work dominates our thought process whether we are in office or home. There are people who feel comfortable at office than home. Work has come to occupy the central part of our life. We often forget that 'work' is something just part of our life.

Workaholism is to be considered as an addiction. It is the choice made by an individual to overcome the psychological stresses. It might be a result from fear of job loss or to sustain lavishing lifestyle. The worrisome fact is that workaholic people doesn’t realize that they are under addiction and they tend to find solution to their family problems in other way around.


If you are a workaholic, you will face more hurdles in your personal life. There will  be strain in personal relationship and it will affect your relationship with spouse, children, extended family and friends. It will have definite damage to your health in your later stage, but you don’t find anyone to take care of you at that time. You will not be flexible since you enjoyed more power at office and you will try to have the same authority in your personal life. You tend to do all the stuffs by your own and you are reluctant to delegate which affects your overall productivity and will setback your career growth.

How do you find that you are workaholic? If you find that weekends and vacations are terrible and you cannot wait to go back to work then you are workaholic. If you don’t have any interest in anything other than your work and you forget your spouse, child’s birthdays, wedding anniversary but you make all efforts to gift your boss’s birthday. Yes, this is the time you need to listen your inner voice and chart out a plan for work-life balance.

Workaholism is preventable or recovery is possible from the addiction, but one has to be ready to make the choice at right time. This requires lot of support from loved ones and do need careful planning.

Schedule your time, this way you can finish your task in a pre-planned way. This helps you to do more task in a defined time.

You should force yourself into more social interaction, have more weekend parties with family and friends. You will soon realize how your personal relationship is getting strengthened.

Allot time to take care of your health, go for regular exercise, and go to spa to rejuvenate your energy.

Have five minutes short break every hour amid of work to say 'hello' to your office friends.

Sharpen your mind, attend workshops, read books, go to theater to keep your mind working.

Revive your goals and set new targets for both your work and personal life.

I believe this post helps to do self evaluation of your work-life balance and make a choice of changes if you find any imbalances.

There is a famous saying, “No one on their deathbed ever says they wish they had spent more time at the office”.

Work is important for us to live, but life is more important to live. Inviting your comments…
Image Credit: Pixabay

36 comments:

  1. Great and practical advice. Thanks for that!

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  2. This was a great post. I enjoyed reading it. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  3. Workaholicism prevents us from living in the moment, prevents us from enjoying life and epople around us. What a shame.

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  4. Hello, what a great post. Wonderful advice for everyone to follow. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

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  5. Good advice I think, enjoyed reading,Blessings Francine.

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  6. Not a problem here...thanks for the info.

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  7. I don't think I could ever have been accused of being a workaholic. When I'm done, I'm done. I have worked the occasional Saturday when my boss desperately needed me to, but otherwise, I was out the door at 4.

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  8. I'm retarded er retired so don't have to worry about workaholism. I know, and still know some, who will not take vacations and won't retire until they are absolutely forced into it. IMHOP they are nuts.

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  9. Such a great post with important facts for us all. Addiction can come in so many different forms....your points on how to break out of this cycle were all spot on. Wishing you a lovely Friday! Nicole

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  10. My memories of working outside the home and raising a family is in the FAR distant cracks of my brain. Now my joyful blissful life has one word...RETIRED!!

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  11. Some people are workaholics.....especially many who have their own business..
    What you have written is true....on the other hand it's a shame more people wouldn't work well..

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  12. Very nice advice, everyone should follow it .
    Have a great weekend :)

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  13. i never loved my job, more than my life.....i will never regret how much i played!!!

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  14. Interesting. There's a big difference between working to live or living to work!

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  15. Well, some of us A personality types have a hard time not being workaholics. And I'd write a lot more, but I've got to get the yard done today, another book started, meet with an agent, play a round of golf this afternoon, and get ready for a big party tonight and then read a couple hundred pages of my friend's book before I can sleep.

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  16. Great post filled with great advice for us all. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.
    CM

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  17. Wonderful, informative and timely advice for all. And LOVE the accompanying photo. So cute!

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  18. All true John Paul, it's easy to slip into the wrong work patterns.. Note to myself, I must get more exercise :)

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  19. Very good thing to think about. I'm more of a "laid-back" person but at times I can be overloaded with to many things to do and need to relax a little more.

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  20. I like this advice, now will I follow it? I should.

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  21. My dad was a workaholic and died at 40. I often think he should have taken more time to enjoy life and less time on the job!

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  22. Love the picture you've used too !

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  23. I like the photograph of the Boston Terrier. Is that your dog? Your words and thoughts are very wise. I read the post about allowing your children to explore their world and liked that one as well. Have a happy Saturday!

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  24. that pup is just too cute! you always have interesting topics! hope you're having a great weekend!

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  25. Sometimes I wonder why some people could let their world revolve around their jobs but then again I also catch myself doing the same thing.

    I guess sometimes you get so caught up in it and you forget why you even started.

    Thanks for this wake up call.

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  26. Weekends get in the way of work. Oh, I wish it was Monday. No, ignore that.

    Wise words in your post. My days of being a workaholic are long gone. A healthy balance is what I try to achieve.

    Gary

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  27. Excellent advice, and I love that photo! :)

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  28. Balance is always the key, isn't it? I think most folks would agree but it's almost impossible to attain. Like you say, a good self-examination is a step in the right direction.

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  29. Great post! I consciously work at achieving balance. The demands of work can be overwhelming so I purposely schedule time with friends and family in advance.

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  30. People need to redefine success. If you neglect your family, you are failing instead of succeeding.

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