When it comes to work, you want to be the best. You learn as much as possible in order to impress, to obtain excellent results and to develop new skills that can recommend you for a promotion or that could help you close high-ticket clients.
So far so good, but you have to keep in mind that it’s one thing to love your work (and be 1000% involved and concentrated on it DURING THE WORK TIME) and it’s another thing to allow work to conquer ALL your time, to get in the way of maintaining your health and break your relationships. When the balance between the personal and professional life is not well defined, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS, FIGHTING BURNOUT AND WORK ADDICTION.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion and it can result from working excessive overtime under stress and in a chaotic and toxic environment. It is mostly seen in “I can do everything” personalities. Like all high-achievers, you are deeply passionate about what you do and you often tend to ignore the exceptionally long working hours. You begin to ignore that you have a life to live, a family to enjoy and personal projects to follow.
Everybody can suffer from these symptoms, no matter their job and their working experience. For example, Huffington Post former editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, collapsed from exhaustion. Her “wake-up call” was back in 2007, when she passed out while being at home on the phone and checking emails. She fell and woke up in a pool of blood, with a broken cheekbone and a cut over her eye. Arianna had been working 18-hour days building the Huffington Post when the event happened. After weeks of medical tests, doctors finally came back with a simple answer: she was suffering from exhaustion. After the recovery, she tried to get more sleep and was grateful for the wake-up call that changed her life.
Being addicted to work is a real thing and it can be a real problem for you, especially if you describe yourself as a perfectionist. Work addiction is mainly characterized by working excessively and compulsively and is often driven by job success.
Work addiction symptoms:
The symptoms of a workaholic are the same either you work in Finance, Marketing, Politics, Art or Cinema. Many celebrities are fighting this problem too. In their case, this could appear because of their fluctuating schedules and their desire of recognition and applauses. Working long days for weeks/months at a time, and then long periods of not working and wondering when or if they will work again could be the recipe for trouble. Take, for example, celebrities like Michael Crawford, Cher, and Keith Jarret, who were addicted to work and experienced the chronic fatigue syndrome.
Burnout and work addiction reduce productivity and sap your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give. Beside the fact that you have no limits between your professional and personal life, you will find yourself in one of these three situations:
To make it less frightening, I want to share the next 8 Dos and Don’ts that you could use when you find yourself being addicted to BUSY.
Open your eyes and look around for indicators that it’s time to put a stop on it.
After analyzing your symptoms and deciding that is time to do something about it, get ready for small changes that free up your time and mind.
Because I have crossed the limits twice in my life and I know it can destroy your world if you don’t take it easy. Here are my two stories on burnout and work addiction:
I was working for a couple of years as a full time employee and loving my job. I spent lot of time not just working, but also thinking on the projects. Apart the full time job I was working on a freelancing bases and most of my evenings and weekends where all full. That gave me almost no time to have a hobby, and FREE TIME was mostly a dream for me. I was constantly feeling: chronic headaches, body pains — especially indigestion due to the fast meals, depression, anxiety, panic attacks (often during nights because of the sleep deprivation), less focus. I had moments when I was easily to irritate, my personal relationship was suffering as I was discharging all my negative feelings on my partner. I almost stopped seeing my friends, and most of the time when we meet we end up complaining about everything.
I started working and get so obsessed about this startup (as a co-founder) that I had no time to pay attention to anything else. I was working on it during the mornings, in the evenings and during the nights. It was everything I was thinking of. I stopped taking care of my personal relationships, stop caring about my health, stop caring about learning new things and keep myself up to date. At the end of the 2 years working on it, I was identifying myself with the startup, and lost my own identity. My own life was gravitating around this startup. There was nothing else that matter. I even had to relocate for a couple of months, to build the product I have designed for 2 years. So, there was no surprise that I was totally shaken when I had to give up on it, and return home. That was when I realized that I had no life, or identity, or business, and I had no idea what to do next. Or what I wanted to do next. I was even AFRAID to move on with my old design service company, because I gave up on all my clients long ago. So, I had to take it from scratch and start again. REALLY SCARY. Nevertheless, I did manage to grow my design business again.”
In order to be aware of your situation, here are the 9 questions to detect the level of burnout and work addiction:
If at least 5 of your answers are YES! then you might be addicted to work
Once you have the answers, challenge yourself by creating a list with 50 reasons why you want to change your lifestyle and brake the burnout and work addiction, then share that list with us in the Plan it naked [and make it!] FREE Facebook group I have created for this.
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Hi! I’m Raluca Comanescu, the designer of the Tailor-Made Notebook that guides creatives and entrepreneurs to 10K+ Monthly Profit with every 15 minutes of Daily Planning. This No-Brainer Planning system keeps you on track and guides you towards your goals. Get laser-focused on your Big Picture and make tedious details work for you, not against you. Optimize results with tailor-made templates that fit your lifestyle.
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Originally published at medium.com