How To Stop Yourself From Being A Workaholic?

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By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

The word ‘workaholic’ may sound flattering for some, especially for hard workers, who perceive to have more earnings and achievements. In contrast, being a hard worker is not only the sole recipe to become successful, happy and rich. So why work addiction means positive?

If you love your work, then it will love you back. This is actually an excellent advice to follow so you’ll find fulfillment in your job, even if you face struggles. On the other hand, loving it doesn’t necessarily say that you forget other important things in your life.  Remember that while everyone congratulates you because of your bonus or promotion, they don’t realize that you tend to do overtime, skips meals, and excuse yourself from vacations. So why are there people finding comfort in being a workaholic?

“This [mathematical analysis called Becker’s] theory suggests that the more money you make, the more likely you are to work more. If you are not engaged in work-related activities, then there is a cost to the alternative way in which time is spent. Even if you understand the negative consequences to workaholism, you may still likely to continue working because the cost of not doing so becomes greater,” shared Sarah Asebedo, Kansas State University doctoral researcher, about study published in the journal Financial Planning Review.

Meantime, here’s some few steps to break away from work addiction:

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    Say no to flexibility stigma and set boundaries between your career and personal life. Avoid any work-related issues when you’re at home or on vacation by not checking emails and using your gadgets often. On the other hand, focus your attention at work while you’re there.

  • Sincerely find your purpose in life. No one is born just to become a worker. There’s more in life than what you do for a living. You have to change your mindset and liberate yourself from the limitation that perhaps conformity imposes upon on you.  In the report of Harvard Business Review, mindfulness, resetting your expectations, and redefining your personal success are some of the keys to stop work addiction.