Tips for Workaholics to Make More “Me Time”

Workaholic

Are you working harder than ever before? Are you—or your loved ones—worried you’ve turned into a workaholic?

Take the following, short quiz to find out if you qualify:

  1. Do you typically place work above personal and/or family issues?
  2. At a party, do you tell people what you do for a living when introducing yourself?
  3. Do you believe if you want something done right, you must do it yourself?
  4. Do you sneak away to check your work email when you’re with friends or family?

How’d you do? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you may be a workaholic—or at least have some workaholic tendencies.

It turns out most of us ARE workaholics, but don’t sweat it. Here are four strategies to help you regain an appropriate work/life balance:

Get a life.

Maybe you’ve worked with a person who didn't have any personal items in his or her office. No pictures, knickknacks or memorabilia. It’s possible that person had no personal life outside of work – and that’s an ingredient for problems.

Having a life away from the office—a hobby, traveling, spending time with the people you care about—is essential because it can provide perspective. Furthermore, some experts say some "me time" makes you a more productive worker.

Do your job, don’t be your job.

The next time you’re introducing yourself in a social-setting and somebody asks what you do, don’t lead with your job. Share something interesting about yourself; tell them you’re a parent, an avid traveler, or a chef. Get reacquainted with the non-work sides of your personality. Heck, you might actually like what you discover.

Trust others

Do your co-workers occasionally make mistakes? Of course they do, but there are also times when they’ll do things better than you. Learn how to delegate, and you just might discover a better way to do things. Also, delegating can free up more time for you to focus on other important stuff you have to do.

Turn work off.

Our cell phones, laptops and tablets all have on/off buttons for a reason. Use them. And ceremoniously powering down might help ease the looming pressure of work during your personal time. Sometimes going off the grid can be quite liberating.

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