Work habit or addiction

from Mel 

Typically speaking, taking time off is not something I look forward to. When I??m away from home, I think about my To Do lists for my clients and myself. When the weekend rolls around I have to turn off my computer in order to stay away. I seem to be drawn to my computer by an invisible force.

I??m a workaholic by nature and really enjoy what I do and the people I work with so to me, coming to ??work?? each day is not like work at all.

My family has been pushing me to take more time off and I really have been trying to do this. I??m not working as many hours during the day, have dropped a couple clients to ease my workload and try really hard to take each weekend off.

However, here I sit on Sunday afternoon working away. My son just came in to say ??Mom, step away from the computer and nobody will get hurt?? ??as he pulls me from my chair.

So what do you think? Is it habit or addiction?

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8 Responses to “Work habit or addiction”
  1. Annette Elton says:

    Hi Mel!

    Boy can I relate to this! Because here I sit working on a Sunday night. I think it’s a combination of work and habit, and the perpetual need to make sure that everyone and everything is taken care of. (and the fear of having to pull an all nighter to get something done – I hate feeling rushed.)

    Take a vacation!

    I am actually forcing myself to take a long weekend next weekend with my family where there is no cell or internet available just because I know that if there is communication with the outside world, I’ll be checking my email and working. Now all I can do is rest and enjoy my family.

    -Annette

  2. mila sidman says:

    I go through phases… sometimes I can be an extreme workaholic and work tons, then other times I don’t want to work for days, LOL. I think regular breaks away from the computer are important, but if you’re taking the breaks and the work is piling up that’s actually more stressful.

  3. Mel says:

    Knowing the work is piling up is definitely more stressful than just working a couple hours on the weekend.

    Annette ~ Going somewhere where you cannot connect is a great idea. Maybe we’ll try that next time. Enjoy your long weekend!

  4. Keri says:

    I work almost every weekend, but I’ve come to realize I need to take more time off and have more family time.

    Being a back up mail carrier my husband also works every Saturday. So, I think I will be taking Sunday’s off so we can have family day.

  5. Probably both. I’m like you in that I love what I do. So, it’s difficult to shut that part of your brain off.

    However letting business run your life can be damaging to your relationships and your health.

    I seem to go in phases. For several months at a time I’ll do great only working a few hours per day and then I’ll drift back into that workaholic patern for a couple of months before I realized what happened. LOL

    Hopefully you’ll be able to balance things a little more now that you were able to drop some client ;–)

  6. RadioGirl says:

    I’m pretty much a workaholic – sort of. Most of my work is so fun that it doesn’t seem like work. I am taking much more time for family and myself this time around though :-)

  7. Mara B. says:

    Depending on the work itself, I can take it or leave it. :D Honestly, if what I’m doing is drudgery (like washing dishes for the umteenth time in a day) I absolutely loathe it. But, if it’s something I enjoy, it doesn’t matter how long it takes.

  8. Alyssa says:

    Ohh how I can relate to this. My hubby complains about my computer time all the time.