4 Steps to Combat Workaholism
We are all familiar with workaholism. Whether we practice it or are annoyed by someone who does, we know it can be harmful. The advertising industry has been known to suffer from it—with advertisers believed to wake up on top of piles of sketches and half empty glasses of scotch, shouting for Peggy Olsen to bring a fresh collared shirt just minutes before the client arrives. [Enter Don Draper from stage left.]
While this Mad Men culture has definitely shifted from what it used to be, many industries are expected to work extra long hours. Farmers are up before the sun, business owners go ‘home’ to calculate payroll, medical staff is always on call, executives work overnight, and news anchors are expected to live on set.
Responsibilities vary in every industry, but what we can all relate to is missing soccer games, birthday parties (I’m okay with this one), first words and kindergarten graduations.
If you are combating workaholism at the office, here are 4 tips on remaining sane before it’s too late:
1. Have Breakfast
It’s easy to leave the house without breakfast in order to get to work on time. But many studies show having breakfast can improve your memory, your concentration levels and your mood. It can also lower stress levels. It truly is the most important meal of the day!
2. Learn to Say No
While others admire your work adrenaline, you need to know when your plate is too full. Taking on too many tasks will take away valuable time from your priorities—the things your company would rather you focus on. It’s also just stressful. Next time someone asks you to complete a big task that is outside your scope, just say no.
3. Take a Lunch Break
When I say lunch break, I really mean a lunch break. And when I say every day, I mean every day. While this seems obvious, so many don’t do it. Your body is the sole reason you can accomplish everything you do. Like a hot cup of coffee in the morning, a mid-day lunch break will give you the energy and mental clarity to finish strong.
4. Turn It Off
We often find ourselves thinking about, talking about and actually doing work long after we leave for the day. And suddenly, we find ourselves talking work to our families and friends. Learning to turn off your work-thoughts will help you build better relationships and actually concentrate on them.
Now, we realize we’ve just got you thinking about work again, but now it’s time to really turn it off. Best of luck!
Written by Andrea Pelayo.