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  • Writer's pictureKasi Drummer

10 Signs You're Addicted to Working

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

We live in a society that worships the overachiever.

Burning the candle at both ends. Denying yourself pleasure until the work gets done is applauded.

Although having a good work ethic is definitely key to living your best life, it is also important to balance your work life. If you don’t, you could experience burnout.

The Dangers of Being Addicted to Work

You may think that a workaholic would be every boss and manager’s dream employee. For example, if you’re someone who’s addicted to work, you’re generally the first one to arrive, last to leave, refuse to take vacations and take on mountains of work.

Workaholics are often not seen as team players. They don’t delegate, and can’t handle their workload efficiently. Consequently these individuals refuse to take time off of work and they can become sick.

Workaholics typically experience:

Are You a Workaholic?

Wondering whether you are a workaholic?

10 signs of addiction to working:

  1. Working over 50 hours each week.

  2. Needing to be constantly busy.

  3. You have trouble relaxing and/or having fun when not working.

  4. You are a perfectionist.

  5. Writing to-do lists is fun for you.

  6. Your loved ones complain about how much you work.

  7. Not listening or paying attention to conversations because you’re focused on work.

  8. Labeled a “control freak.”

  9. You are neglecting other aspects of your life, like attending your child’s play or music recital.

  10. Turning off your cellphone and other digital devices causes you stress.

Workaholism is a Real Disease

Workaholism, like alcoholism, tends to be passed down from parent to child. Work addicts use work as a means to cope with emotional discomfort and feelings of inadequacy. Because there is a real, intense need for work as a distraction, other areas of their life tend to suffer. And the cycle goes on and on.

Workaholics can benefit greatly from cognitive behavioral therapy where they can learn coping strategies that allow them to feel better and work less.

If you or someone you know is addicted to work and would like to explore treatment options, please get in touch with me. I’d love to help you find some balance in your life.

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