If you can’t pull yourself away from your work computer without feeling guilty after you’ve already put in a full day, this article is for you.
In fact, you may be a workaholic. To find out more about what workaholism is, please read my article "What is Workaholism? How Common is It?".
Workaholism is complicated and everyone defines it slightly differently. Dana Harron, a clinical psychologist, said in an email that she defines workaholism as a “compulsive need to work.”
“Some other components of workaholism include obsessive thinking about work-related topics and deprivation in other areas of life such as rest, recreation and relationships,” Harron said.
“If somebody is a workaholic, the work takes on a function greater than paying the rent or achieving the promotion. It fills an emotional need.”
So what are the top 10 ways to quit this workaholism or work addiction (or at least get on the right track)?
Harron has two of her own tips:
1) “Meet with a mental health professional. This person can help you to figure out what the psychological function of the workaholism is -- it may help you to avoid thinking about something else, numb feelings, or feel better about yourself. Once you’ve figured out the functions, you can work on healthier alternatives for meeting these psychological needs.”
2) “Then you can work on the symptom itself; not by reducing work right away (this is like being a ‘dry alcoholic’ who doesn’t drink but thinks about it all the time), but by increasing time spent in other areas of your life that are important to you, such as relationships, involvement in the arts, family time, intellectual development, and time alone.”
Paula Rosario, a certified energy coach, speaker and author, said in an email that she herself has had a few bouts of workaholism, working as she did in the corporate world for more than 20 years.
Here are her five tips to help curb workaholism: