While many people proudly call themselves workaholics, true workaholism can have devastating effects on personal relationships and quality of life.
Workaholics tend to regularly work more than 40 hours a week and take their work everywhere they go, even to dinner, home, and bed. They often neglect personal responsibilities and relationships, and can even feel anxious when not working.
However, what feels like a “wonderful high” can lead to addiction and take one off course from major goals, cause adverse impacts on one’s physical, psychological, and emotional health, and even damage or destroy relationships.
Darren Hardy, the publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine and admitted workaholic, has created a “Workaholics Anonymous – A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation” for those who display the characteristics of a workaholic and are looking to transform their lives.
The first step Hardy recommends taking to break free from workaholism is to make a “Stop doing” list. Instead of writing a “To do” list, Hardy suggests jotting down a list of 10 activities that routinely take up one’s time, such as constantly checking emails or using a phone at dinner time.
By quitting such activities, one can free up a wealth of time that can be used for other essential things, such as fostering personal relationships and fulfilling personal responsibilities.
Workaholism has become a social norm, but the truth is that it can severely damage individual’s lives. By taking steps to overcome workaholism, individuals can take their lives back, regain control over their time, and improve their quality of life.
For more information and tips on how to successfully balance work and personal life, readers can visit SUCCESS Magazine at www.successmagazine.com.