Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
WORKPLACE / JUN. 01, 2016
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Are You a Workaholic or a High Performer?

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Are you always busy at work? Are you always in work mode without having enough days off or even free time? Well, I am sorry to break it to you, but this doesn’t mean that you are also very productive. It is often very easy for entrepreneurs to mistake their busy schedules for productive workdays.

See Also: 8 Signs You’re Married to a Workaholic

What you need to do is run a quick check to determine whether you are a high performer, working in a sustainable way or just a workaholic, burning yourself out without a clear result. Here is a list of questions you can use to answer and find out whether you are actually a workaholic or real productive businessman or businesswoman.

1. Is There an End Line?

Does it ever end? Do you have an end line? If you are the type of person who sets goals but never feels satisfied or accomplished, then you might be a workaholic. A workaholic never knows what enough means. But high performers always know what success looks like and how to achieve it. They don’t always have to keep on running to be successful.

2. What’s Your Goal?

A high performer works several days but, he or she has exact reasons for doing so. If there’s nothing to be done at that moment, a high performer won’t do anything but, a workaholic will find something to do (it doesn’t mean that this will actually yield any results).

A high performer only thinks about results and doing business. They understand that a business can have some quiet days when nothing can be done. Whereas a workaholic only thinks about being busy and tries to fill up their time with a busy work day just to feel like they are doing something; they don’t feel comfortable doing nothing.

3. Are You Proactive or Reactive?

A high performer is always proactive about their work and time spent on tasks. For example, they always tackle the most important things first and then allow the unplanned events to fill in the rest of the day; distractions are not part of their strategy. But, a workaholic is always reactive about their work and time spent; they spend their days reacting to fires, unplanned events, emails and all other distractions of a working day.

4. Do You Ever Turn it Down?

Nothing is ever always the same in this world. Your to-do list, your energy, the importance of tasks, everything fluctuates. Therefore, a high performer also varies on their efforts depending on several different factors, whereas a workaholic is always running at maximum capacity (without amazing results).

5. Who Sets Your Value?

The answer to this question will also give you a clear answer on whether you are a workaholic or a high-performer. A workaholic will always seek validation outside of themselves whereas a high-performer knows their worth and doesn’t need a validation from others.

See Also: How to Increase Productivity at Work [Infographic]

There is such a fine line between being a workaholic and a high-performer, people often end up being workaholics while believing they are high performers.

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