You Might be a Workaholic If…

As part of the PF community – no matter whether you are a fellow PF or debt blogger, or a blog stalker reader – we are all working toward one form or another of financial independence. Many of us are so dedicated to making our financial dreams come true that we are even willing to take on additional work above and beyond our full-time jobs either in the form of a part-time job, or a side hustle (and some of the craziest most dedicated among us are even doing both).

While I’m all for taking on extra work to help me pay off my debts and reach my savings goals faster, there are some people out there (ahem, Mom and Dad) who think I’ve become a workaholic (and they’re probably right).

Just to help you out with determining if you are a workaholic, here a few signs of workaholism (Is that even a word? Well, we’re gonna go with it.):

      1. You might be a workaholic if you are the first in and last out. If you are the first one in to your office (or to the blogosphere) and the last one leave, you must be a dedicated person. There’s nothing wrong with being dedicated to your job (or your side hustles), but if this happens everyday you are a workaholic.
      2. You might be a workaholic if you work (or blog) during your lunch hour and other breaks. I am so guilty of this one. ‘Nuff said.
      3. You might be a workaholic if you take work to bed. Your bedroom should be the place you go to relax and unwind. Avoid taking your laptop or work related reading material into your bedroom. You should also avoiding keeping your smart phone right next to the bed where you can easily be interrupted by incoming work-related calls and emails.
      4. You might be a workaholic if you don’t talk about anything besides work when you’re not working.
      5. You might be a workaholic if you can’t even escape thinking about work while you sleep. It has invaded your dreams and turned them into vivid nightmares.

If any of these sound like you, you might be a workaholic. But don’t worry, there is a cure for workaholism. Here are a couple of things you can do to help with your work-life balance:

  • Leave work at work. Don’t bring work home with you and when you are on your own time, don’t respond to emails or work-related calls unless absolutely necessary. Make a conscious effort to be in the here and now with friends and family. If you are a freelancer, decide what time you will be done working each evening. If you decide your cutoff time is 9 pm, do not check your email or anything blog related after 0.
  • Set priorities. Start off each day with a list of the 5 most important things you must get done that day. Do not work on anything else until those 5 (or however many you decide) things are done. After those 5 things are done, and if you have more work time left, you can start on other things. If there’s no work time left, shut off your computer and your work-brain. Your work day is done.
  • Draw a line. Decide how much work you can realistically take on and once you hit that threshold, don’t accept any more/new jobs. Yes, we could all use the extra money, but you have to draw a line somewhere. No one can work 24 hours a day, no matter how much more income they’d make.

Are you a workaholic?

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About Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

Comments

  1. What do you do when you like your work so much that it becomes play to you? When work becomes so much fun that there isn’t anything else you’d rather do? I remember I loved school so much when I was a kid that I wanted to live there. When I’d go home, I couldn’t wait to do my homework. I loved reading. Friends of mine didn’t. I don’t want to change anyone. So why should I change what I like to do if I’m happy and it works for me? Great post Kayla. Something to really think about. It’s making me reexamine a few other societal norms I’ve been pondering lately. Like why we feel the need to change shy people? What if they’re happy that way?

    • While I don’t love my FT job, I am loving freelancing so I can kinda get where you’re going with that. I often sitting down and writing up several articles at a time and I don’t even feel like I’m working.

  2. I’m definitely a workaholic. I work a TON but I have been working on a better balance. Sometimes I just have to force myself to stop working and go outside!

    • Turning my blogging brain off at night is hard for me too, but especially since I can’t explain to my friends and family why I can’t stop emailing, and “texting” (which is what they think I’m doing when I’m usually responding to comments).

  3. My favorite is when my wife asks if she and my daughter can schedule an appointment with me to get on the calendar. That is a big red flag for me to know that I’m not spending enough time doing the things that really matter. I may be making more money, but I’m not doing things that make me happier in the long run.

    • Yikes! I hope that her saying that helps you to get back to having some more family time. Your kid is only young once, so don’t miss our on it. My mom missed my childhood and is still trying to make up for it today (but that’s a whole other story).

  4. Definitely guilty of doing blog/freelancing stuff during my lunch and breaks. But I’d rather do that than anything else!

    • I do blogging and freelancing during my lunch and other breaks too. But, I never said it was a terrible thing to be at least a semi-workaholic 🙂

  5. So true! I’ve been on maternity leave a week, and since I haven’t had the baby yet, I keep thinking I should be listing things on eBay! My due date is next week, I keep thinking I have time to pay off a little more debt 😉 and yes, I’m one of those very unhealthy people who ate my lunch at my desk so I could work more. We all need more balance 🙂

    • Too true! I don’t think there’s anyone out there with a perfect balance between work and life all the time. We may get close to balanced sometimes, but other times one or the other will be the main priority for a while.

  6. I used to be the first one in and last to go at my old job, but it wore me out. The worst is not being able to get to sleep because my brain decides that’s the perfect time to think of topic ideas and blog-related stuff. Thanks, brain! I’ve stopped taking my laptop into the bedroom, but it didn’t help as much as I had hoped.

    • I have trouble turning my brain off at night sometimes too. I don’t take my laptop to bed (very often) but I do keep a notepad by my bed so if I do have an awesome idea I can write it down so it doesn’t continue to keep me up all night.

  7. As I lay in bed on my smartphone right now I can totally relate to some of these. I bring a big bag to work everyday with my school books and tablet in it. That way on my lunch I have the option of studying or writing… too much? Oops. Haha

  8. Before reading this I was thinking about how I’ve tamed my workaholic ways–then I read and I’m still guilty of 1, 2, and 3—so that makes me 60% workaholic? I can be a perfectionist and that creates longer work hours at times. Over the past couple of years I’ve made conscious efforts to dial down the work intensity bc I value the people in my life more than attempting perfection on the job (which is impossible anyway). Thankfully, I’ve made enough progress that I no longer work on the weekends, the dreaded “workmares” stopped haunting my nights.

    • I’m glad you’ve scaled down on your workaholism. I too can be a perfectionist (at times) and it does create more work… Trying to change my ways though 😉

  9. I am unfortunately a workaholic and have been for many years. My DH works a lot as well but he helps me to take time away from the business and just relax and recharge. Thank God for him!

    • At least if you are both working its not as bad. It can be hard on relationships if one person is a workaholic and the other one is always like “why do you work so much? You never pay attention to me! etc…” Having similar work ethic is a good thing in my opinion, but having your hubs “make” you take time for him is okay too 🙂 We all need time off now and then.

  10. I’d rather be a workaholic than a bumaholic! One who just sleeps all day wakes up to watch tv only to fall asleep on the couch. Wake up eat then take a nap haha. Great post

  11. I take my phone to bed and work during breaks (blogging!). It’s addicting.

    • You know, I do too. I wrote this whole post about being a workaholic and what to do about it, but I’m still totally a workaholic too. I am working on it though. I do like to take time off now and then to rest and recharge. I’m hoping to not even think about blogging this weekend when I’m with my BFF for her birthday. Haha! We’ll see how that goes…

  12. I used to be a raging 4 star workaholic, and I can still swing that way, but I think I have a much better life balance. I guess I am blogging here close to bedtime, but I decided to put up Halloween decorations this evening instead of doing it earlier,so I guess that ‘s OK. I do wish there were more hours in the day or that I could clone myself.

    • I wish that sometimes too, but unfortunately that hasn’t become widely available – yet! LOL! Another of me would be nice sometimes. I could get so much more done and they could even switch off on who gets to stay home and who has to go to the office during the week.

  13. You might be a workaholic if the amount of time spent at your job begins to impact your relationship with your spouse and kids. Nothing is worth the deterioration of those relationships.

    • That is so true! I don’t have a spouse or kids, but I do have parents and a sibling that want to see me too and pets that demand attention a lot like children, so I guess I could apply this to them. Thanks for sharing!

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