Kick your office addiction
Just because you put in 12-hour days at the office doesn’t mean you’re a workaholic, said Phyllis Korkki in The New York Times. But, “if you feel compelled to work for the sake of working, and you feel panic, anxiety, or a sense of loss when you aren’t working,” you could very well have a problem. That’s not a good thing, for you or your employer. Not only does working nonstop pose health and mental problems, it isn’t productive. In fact, workaholics often create problems for themselves simply “to provide the endless thrill of more work.” Psychologists say the most important way to achieve a work-life balance is to leave your work at the office, said Lisa LaMotta in Forbes. Chip some hours off your 70- hour workweek by prioritizing your time and avoiding the temptation to schedule meetings outside of regular business hours. That means “no 6 a.m. breakfast meetings or business over after-work cocktails.” If you find you still can’t stop thinking about work, consider redirecting some of your energy to a hobby, pet, or other pastime. Getting a satisfying life outside of the office just may reduce your compulsion to work.