Change your workoholic Nature

A normal day ends at seven in the evening for everyone in office, but not Mr.W. Even if Mr.W is at home, hanging around at a coffee shop or going out for a movie with a bunch of friends, Mr.W feels that he ought to be working. Mr.W gets bored very soon and have a constant feeling that he is not doing enough. Not only that, Mr.W also starts feeling guilty for wasting time on unnecessary things.

When Mr.W works longer than regular hours, it hampers Mr.Wr productivity in the long run. It’s like a marathon race. If Mr.W puts in all efforts at one go, it backfires when Mr.W is midway through the race. It affects Mr.W’s health. Symptoms such as headaches and backaches become common and Mr.W starts feeling isolated.

Accirding to us It will take time to break the chain but be patient. Formulate a plan. While everyone thinks of putting in a minimum number of hours at work, Mr.W must consciously think of spending a certain number of hours at home. Take small steps.

Depression and anxiety will be common during this phase and the urge to get back to office will be strong. But these are short term setbacks. In the long run, they will benefit Mr.W. Mr.W must also frequently visit family doctor to make sure that he is fit, not only physically but also mentally. And the next time Mr.W plans a vacation, he must not think about the next targets that he needs to achieve.

Mr.W may not be hanging around in office 24/7 but he still may be a workaholic. Mr.W’s cell rings every two minutes and his friends and family find it impossible to get in touch with him, simply because all they hear is a busy tone every time they call. Mr.W is constantly in touch with his clients and colleagues and have a finger on the pulse of industry. Mr.W’s inbox only has messages and reminders from his office and his internet home page is the office web site.

This helps Mr.W to stay clued into what’s happening in his industry but also keeps him completely spaced out when it comes to knowing about his friends and family. Mr.W knows the turnover, rates of competitors but don’t know that his best friend has bagged a promotion. This over obsession with work gradually creates a rift in his relationships.

Solution: What Mr.W needs is a lifestyle change. He must commit to extra curricular activities. This way he will keep himself occupied and won’t be able to take/make calls every two minutes. A couple of hours every day should be kept aside as personal activity hours. Switch his cell phone off and concentrate only on his hobby or the activity in hand. When Mr.W’s colleagues realize that he is not supposed to be disturbed during those hours, the calls will eventually reduce. Again, Mr.W might feel guilty but with time, he will learn to deal with it.

Mr.W stops trusting other people when it comes to work. The need for perfection takes over to such an extent that he stops delegating and do everything himself. This assures him that he has the control over the smallest of things, even if they are of little consequence to the company. Mr.W don’t let anyone else participate and see to it that everything is done the proper way that is his way.

Handling too many things at one go is certainly not a wise thing to do. Don’t bite off more than Mr.W can chew. It shows bad organizational skills on Mr.W’s part and shows that Mr.W is a bad team player. If Mr.W don’t trust his associates with work, they will also stop trusting Mr.W. Also, in the future, his relationship with his colleagues will be adversely affected.

Solution: Let’s face it. Mr.W cannot run a company like a one man show. Work will never be less and Mr.W could go on taking more and more responsibilities. A rule of thumb says that if a coworker can do a job better than Mr.W, there’s no point in Mr.W wasting his time over it. His goal should be the overall benefit of the company. He must trust his colleagues. This will enhance communication and trust. Also, it will ensure that they readily fill in for Mr.W the day. If Mr.W is unable to complete any given task before deadline he has to work smart and delegate.

It doesn’t matter if Mr.W is with his friends or family, the moment he has an audience who is willing to listen, Mr.W ends up talking about work. It may be about his boss, gossiping about a new colleague, the targets he has achieved (or missed), work environment, how it can be made better, etc. Mr.W is never short of office tales, so much that people around him start feeling that there’s nothing to his life apart from office.

Mr.W starts living in a cocoon and miss out on what’s happening around. His knowledge of current affairs becomes zero and the day he has the time to look at anything other than work, he realizes things have changed.

For Mr.W, the most important subject of conversation is work, but he must realize that his office talks are of little consequence to those around. Just because they want Mr.W to be happy and hence listen to him and it does not mean they appreciate it.

In cases such as these, ask Mr.W’s family and friends to interrupt him whenever Mr.W go overboard and change the topic of the conversation. It won’t be easy but Mr.W will eventually realize how obsessed Mr.W were with his office matters. Talking about other things will actually bring Mr.W closer to his loved ones.

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