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How to Know If You're a Workaholic

How Do You Know If You're a Workaholic?

Workaholic is one of those words that's thrown around frequently, but have you ever stopped to think about what it really means? Working compulsively is a serious problem for many people, especially now that technology allows us access to our work at all times. The questions below come from the Workaholics Anonymous website, and it notes that you may be a workaholic if you answer yes to three or more questions.

  • Do you get more excited about your work than about family or anything else?
  • Are there times when you can charge through your work and other times when you can't?
  • Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation?
  • Is work the activity you like to do best and talk about most?
  • Do you work more than 40 hours a week?
  • Do you turn your hobbies into money-making ventures?
  • Do you take complete responsibility for the outcome of your work efforts?
  • Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time?
  • Do you take on extra work because you are concerned that it won't otherwise get done?
  • Do you underestimate how long a project will take and then rush to complete it?
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  • Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing?
  • Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
  • Are you afraid that if you don't work hard you will lose your job or be a failure?
  • Is the future a constant worry for you even when things are going very well?
  • Do you do things energetically and competitively including play?
  • Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else?
  • Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships?
  • Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking?
  • Do you work or read during meals?
  • Do you believe that more money will solve the other problems in your life?
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insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Yep, I'm in trouble.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i'm so not a workaholic i don't think i ever could be either
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Nowhere even remotely close :rotfl:
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
I don't think I'll ever be in danger of being a workaholic. I just love too many other things in life! When I did my internship at a Big 4 accounting firm another intern who I was partnered with told me he really wants to stay late, like when the clock ticks over to 5pm he feels like he should just be getting started. I just don't understand that. Doesn't he have anything better to go home to? If not a partner, then a hobby, family, community involvement, exercise, relaxation, etc etc?? I was offered a job and he wasn't. A lot of firms are thankfully now putting emphasis on a well rounded, grounded employee rather than a manic workaholic. It's not in their interests to have employees burn out. I'll always do an excellent job while I'm at work, but it will never consumer my life. (Touch wood!! :p )
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I totally am NOT! I try hard to make a strict line between work and play :) I need to!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
OK, this list is kind of... I don't know, subjective. Do I work more than 40 hours a week? OF COURSE I do, I'm a secretary at a CPA firm and it's tax season. Just like my friends who work in retail did 50 hour weeks during the holiday season. Do I think it's OK to work long hours because I love my work? I'd better, or I'd be a pretty miserable person what with all the extra time I'm putting in at present. Do I worry that my work won't get done if I don't take it on and work my butt off at it? Yeah. Because it's my responsibility, not anyone else's. It doesn't affect my personal life whatsoever, I still make time for my family, friends, and pets, as well as involvement in community projects. Three yeses seems like a pretty low number to qualify you as a "workaholic."
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Sorry, don't want to offend anyone... but it's just something I cannot fathom!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
People like this are pathetic. Work takes a very distant second behind everything in my personal life.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I can be at times but I don't believe I am...
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm definitely NOT a workaholic! I'm a teacher, and I love it, but it's not what defines me or my life.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
scary but true. I do need a vacation right now, but its not from working too much.
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