How to Break Your Addiction to Work

If you are constantly staying late at work, you might be addicted to your work! Do you think you're a workaholic?! This is how to get your life back!

You love to work, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You feel energized when you wake up in the morning, and you can’t wait to go to the office to meet your colleagues and friends. Quite simply, you are in love with your job, and you are addicted to your work. In fact, you are the type of person your family would call a workaholic because you don’t see them often and as such you miss out on gatherings by staying late at work.

But, what happens when this gets too much to handle? What do you do when your job becomes your entire life and damages your personal relationships? How do you break your addiction to work?

Usually, the answer is doing other things that mean something to you. This is how you can break out of your work routine.

1. Look at the Big Picture

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If you want to change, you need to find out what’s wrong and needs to be fixed. For starters, look at what drains your energy and find another way to recharge your batteries. Productivity experts suggest that you focus on only one thing and avoid multitasking.

Multitasking only results in losing valuable time, it decreases productivity and doesn’t give you a clear direction of where you should go. If you manage to see the big picture and find out what really matters to you, you’ll achieve greater balance in your work and life.

2. Prioritize Your Health

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On average people change jobs more than 10 times throughout their life. But, it is important not to let hard work ruin your personal life or become harmful for your health in any way. Taking care of yourself is far more important than doing a good job at work because one can’t exist without the other. As research shows people who prioritize their health – and eat well, take breaks and exercise, have more energy and better focus. When faced with a dilemma, choose your health over anything else.

3. Stop Being a Perfectionist

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There is no such thing as a perfect job, perfect house, or a perfect car. It’s all a matter of perspective. As a workaholic, you may find that your current success isn’t enough and as such you are always aiming higher. Even though this is useful for your professional development, it may be harmful to your family life and overall wellbeing. So, stop obsessing over success, but if it helps plan out small and clear steps to help you get where you want to be.

4. Change Your Expectations

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If you find out that your work schedule isn’t helping you enjoy your life to the fullest, then you need to change it. Start with changing your expectations at work. I am not saying that you should reset your standards in terms of the quality of work that you are producing, rather how you work and how long you work.

This will allow you to come up with a better and more relaxed schedule that isn’t as demanding or require you to stay at work until midnight. Think about how you can do the same amount of work in a less time and avoid putting pressure on yourself.

Being a workaholic isn’t a problem unless this behaviour is preventing you from fully enjoying your life. If you want to break your addiction to work, try out these four tips and see where they get you.

Do you think you are addicted to work? What do you plan to do about it? Let me know in the comments section below…