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Workaholic

There is a huge difference between someone who is passionate about work and someone who is a workahol­ic. A workaholic can’t take a time-out because that break makes them uncomfortable. Off duty, they compulsively check their phones for e-mails, texts, or other work prompts. They pride themselves on working through their illnesses and never taking vacations.

Control is so important to them that they can’t let go or delegate to others because they are certain that anyone else will screw things up. They do all of this at the expense of liv­ing. Family is supposedly important, but when it comes to choosing a baseball game or recital over more work, they choose work. Or they take work with them so they can be present physically, but they’re definitely not there emotionally.

A Wayne State University study on the personality traits of workaholics found that a lot of workaholics have an unrealistic sense of self-importance regarding who they are and what they are accomplishing. They believe that, without their contribution, everything will fall apart at work. They also have an unrealistic need for perfection that makes them need to achieve it in order to view themselves as valuable or worthwhile.

Not much of a life, is it?

You always have the power to put your work in its place. Do a great job, but realize it is your job — not your world. Your identity has many facets, and it’s all right if you have one or two or ten other things that matter to you as much or even more than your title and your place of employment.

At some point you have to ask if you are giving work more or less of your life than it deserves. If something is out of whack, remember what Lisa said. Time is finite. If your work isn’t working for you, you can make changes that will still give you a rewarding career and an outside life. Reset it.

It’s your life. How do you want to spend it?

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