30 Jan 2020
Most of us can associate with this phenomenon, as sometime during our working lives, we fall victim to workaholism.
Is this you?
• You work longer hours than your colleagues – you come in early and stay late and often work at home. Extra hours don’t always mean productive hours.
• You can’t switch off – a workaholic is someone on a tropical island dreaming about being back at work, or who sits on their smartphone all night.
• Your body feels unwell – Being busy often reverts to junk food or downing coffee instead of food. This can cause obesity, headaches, fatigue etc.
• Your relationships are strained – if your loved ones say, ‘We never see you’ or ‘You’re never around’, then it’s time to re-evaluate.
• You tie your worth to your work success – unrealistic perfectionist tendencies will seldom make you feel satisfied with yourself.
How can you establish a good work life balance?
• Let go of perfectionism – life gets more complicated as your family grows and you climb the corporate ladder. Perfectionism becomes out of reach and can become destructive and cause burn out. You put in even more hours to reclaim perfection and ultimately fail. Rather strive for excellence. Work smarter not harder.
• Learn to unplug – technology has improved our lives in many ways, but always being accessible, means you never stop working, and your mind doesn’t get time to rest. Don’t text or send emails during family time. Keep it quality time.
• Exercise more – Exercise releases feel good endorphins, reduces stress and lifts your mood. Even meditation or deep breathing during your workday helps de-stress.
• Restrict activities and people that waste time – prioritise what is important in your life first and then set boundaries for time wasting activities like surfing the internet or people who keep you out of work.
• Rethink your life’s structure – Life is not set in stone. Take a bird’s eye view of your life and see what changes could make life easier, like delegating duties or focusing on activities that are important, rather than trying to do everything yourself.
• Don’t try to make all these changes at once – start small. Doing everything at once will lead to failure. Start with one or two changes and gradually build from there as it becomes a habit.
We all fall slave to putting in extra hours at work and often believe that more hours mean more production or success.
Rethink your mindset and focus on Quality and not Quantity. More is not always better.
Work smarter not harder and regain your work-life balance.
Work is an important part of our lives, but so is family, relaxation, your health and enjoying life.