Some people love to work and love to do what they do. Some love it so much that they devote their entire lives to it, and it can be hard to pull back and look at the bigger picture. Things and ideas and people can get lost in the sea of work, and before the workaholic knows it, their entire world has changed and they’ve missed out on the sweeter stuff in life. Check out the tips below to see if you can prevent this before it happens.
Don’t Try to Relax and Work at the Same Time
One of the most annoying things about setting your own schedule is the ability to procrastinate. Yes, workaholics do it too. This is where you know you have something to do – say, a report for a client – but you’re delaying doing it. You think about hanging out with your children or walking the dog for the second time today. So even though you’re mentally somewhere else, you’re entertaining the idea of doing something completely different. This is referred to often as “blending”. Blending means you’re not relaxing OR working – you’re just stuck in the middle. Instead, choose a specific amount of time to work on a project – say 25 minutes – and then take a 5 minute break. Watch a funny video or listen to some relaxing music on your break, and then get back to business. Once you’re done with everything, unplug and spend some time adventuring with your family.
Bring Along a Notebook
If you want to keep yourself focused on the adventure at hand – say, a party at the beach – remember to take a notebook along. If you’re a workaholic, your brain will likely continue to work while you’re vacationing. To stop it from absorbing all of your attention, write those ideas down before they crowd your mind. It helps get it out and off of your mind, and you can also return to it later when it’s not time to spend time with your family.