We have come up with a few different strategies to help you overcome your workaholism. The key is making time away from your work... and I mean totally away from work... to get your life back in balance. Yes, It will take some effort on your part, and perhaps even the part of a friend or spouse in order to make the shift from a sole focus on work, but for your mental and physical well-being, you really should make the effort.
So, Here are 7 ways to combat workaholism:
- Block out "personal time" to spend with family and (non-work) friends.
- Learn how to delegate your work -- and learn to say no to new assignments (or at least learn not to be the first to volunteer to take the assignment).
- Take time off, perhaps starting with a long weekend and gradually moving up to longer vacations -- and leave work behind.
- Volunteer in the community around you. This will help others and help you meet new people.
- Convince yourself that it is okay to sometimes just sit and relax and do nothing. (This is a hard one... I know!)
- Fight the urge that everything you do must be perfect -- to your standards.
- If you find yourself not able to do any of these suggestions, consider getting professional help to deal with what is basically an addiction.