10 Warning Signs That You May Be A Workaholic

Workaholism is a difficult compulsion to fight against because we live in a society where this type of behavior is encouraged. People continuously validate your addiction with compliments, admiring you as an ambitious worker who’s passionately dedicated to their profession. Little does anyone realize that the rest of your life is completely crumbling to dust. Ensure that you’re aware of the following warning signs before it’s too late.

  1. Work is your #1 priority. We all have deadlines to meet, but if you’re self-imposing a new one every single day, you should be careful about any ripple effects this may cause in other areas of your daily existence. One’s social life is usually the first to go, so if you’re canceling previous engagements or your friends are complaining that they never see you anymore, then red flags should be flying. You’re going to miss the good stuff. Your marriage may collapse. Your kids may develop abandonment issues. Seriously, you don’t have to measure your entire self-worth by your professional successes.
  2. It’s all you ever think or talk about. When engaged in social conversation, you’re forever steering the topic towards your work without even realizing it. If you’re not talking about work, you can’t relax. If you are talking about work, then you’re excited and interested in the exchange. You don’t spend weeks dreaming of weekends, you spend weekends dreaming of weeks. By the time you’ve finished one big project, you’ve already started on the next one. Everyone else is wasting their time except for you, in your opinion.
  3. You’re the first to arrive and the last to leave. Do your colleagues tend to run through the doors, making it on time by the skin on their briefcases? Have they already packed up their desks before the final hour has arrived? That’s not you. You love it there. You’re there before office hours getting a headstart. You’re there after hours finishing everything off. Sometimes you’re there on weekends even though you don’t have to be. Your office has become a home away from home. Some days, you may prefer it to your home, but you would never tell anyone that.
  4. You’re a control freak who can’t say no. You have so much on your plate and yet you insist on perpetually picking up more plates. If your boss asks you for a favor, you always say yes. This encourages your boss to ask for more favors. Everyone knows that you’re the person to speak to because you won’t turn them down even if you want to. Furthermore, you couldn’t imagine delegating any of this work to someone else because if you want something done right…
  5. Your devices are your best friends. Whether you’re in the office, on a date, or at home, your devices are always right by your side. You sneak peeks at your email under the table when no one’s looking. You feel phantom vibrations in your pocket at regular intervals. You seldom go on vacation, but when you do, you stress out, worried that you might miss something important. You basically live your entire life through screens.
  6. You eat at your desk. Believe it or not, some people enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as eating away from their stressful work environment. As a workaholic, you view this as an indulgence for the weak. Unless the lunch is strictly business related, then you’ll eat your sandwich in one hand while typing with the other. Furthermore, your drawers are stashed full of snacks, just in case there’s a zombie apocalypse and you need to stay at work for a while to meet that deadline.
  7. You’re not sleeping properly. Your body may be completely shattered, but your brain cogs are still whirring at hyperdrive. They’re churning out new ideas, brainstorming fresh business angles, forcing you to get out of bed and write something down just in case you forget it before the morning comes. Unfortunately, workaholics tend to have disrupted sleeping patterns, which in turn results in more stressful days, making it even harder to fall asleep that night. It’s an endless cycle of deprivation and misery.
  8. You’re moody and sick all the time. This is known as burning out. You’re not giving your body the chance to relax and rejuvenate. You’re not eating healthy food or exercising because it wastes too much time. This has conspired against you, slapping you with a large dose of headaches, fatigue, weight gain, and a crashed immune system, leaving your body wide open as a germ playground. And you wonder why your friends are so irritating. It’s because you’re the problem.
  9. That said, you’ll never call in sick. “Nothing a fistful of painkillers and a large cup of coffee won’t fix” is probably your mantra. It doesn’t matter if you can’t breathe, your eyes are fused shut from allergies, or you’ve lost a limb in an accident. You’re going to work! You probably think this makes you look like a dedicated employee too, but in reality, you’re putting the very foundations of the business under risk by spreading your infection throughout the company. If you love your work as much as you say you do, then at least be a team player here.
  10. You’re only worried that you’re a workaholic because other people have said you are. The thought never really crossed your mind until your friends started to label you as a workaholic. Just like any addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step. If the above list seems a little too close for comfort, then perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your life and try to reconnect to all the other wonderful things this world has to offer. No one’s asking you to stop working, but it won’t kill you to take a break. And it might kill you if you don’t.