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Posted by Valencia on December 23rd, 2008

Occasionally I’ll jokingly refer to myself as a workaholic. I don’t like to be interrupted when working, and once I enter my creative zone…there’s no stopping me. But in the back of mind I know that I’m not really a workaholic. I do have a strong work ethic, and I am not afraid of hard work. But unlike workaholics, I have balance.

I didn’t realize the severity of this problem until I stumbled upon a WA or Workaholics Anonymous forum. Work can become a real obsession; and anyone who loves their job “too much” may be headed down a dangerous path.

So, how do you know if you’re a workaholic? According to a few online surveys, you might be a workaholic if…

  • It’s midnight and you haven’t left the computer in six hours
  • You work more than 40 hours a week
  • You work non-stop during the week, on the weekends, in bed, and on vacation
  • Discussions about work dominate your conversations
  • You sneak and work when no one is looking
  • You put work ahead of your family and friends
  • You get upset when someone tells you to take a break
  • You think sleep and relaxation is for lazy people
  • You feel guilty about taking a sick day or vacation day
  • Family and friends know they can’t depend on you to show up on time, or follow through with plans

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How do you know if you are a workaholic? It’s nearly 2am on Christmas morning and you are up commenting on blogs and Twitter.


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