Workaholic’s Anonymous

Wednesday was National Workaholics Day.

And here’s some not-so-breaking news: America is officially the most overworked developed nation on the planet.

We’re not only working hard, we’re not proficient at slowing down to take our downtime:

According to Qualtrics, Americans leave 9.5 unused vacation days on the table a year.

High productivity? Perhaps. High stress? High turnover? Absolutely.

Now before we go vilifying those week-long work warriors…

Full disclosure #1:

The definition of a “Workaholic” is,  “a person who compulsively works hard and long hours”.

That sounds like…*drum roll please”….yours truly.

I am guilty as charged that I work my fair share of around-the-clock hours. But I do so because I’ve found joy in the journey of my job. In fact, I question if it’s a job, a career or a calling!

I don’t see myself as a Workaholic but more of a Helpaholic.

I also fully acknowledge that most folks don’t have the luxury of getting paid to “do” their calling.

When that’s the case, we need to find ways to design our lives for some serious “ME” time.

Full disclosure #2:

I wrote this “dose” last week so I could enjoy my “in progress” family vacation from the beach.

So? Is work-life balance a real thing? Do you believe “balance” is attainable?

My short answer? Yes.

A few weeks back I mentioned a quote from #Unjuggled Author Jana Kingsford. She talks about balance being something you need to create for yourself.

It made me think about Introverts and Extroverts:

When I look at both of these guys above, I’d say, I’m both of these people pending on the day. So perhaps the real question you need to ask yourself isn’t, “Are you an introvert or an extrovert?”

It’s, “When will you allow yourself to be an Ontrovert or an Offtrovert?”

Ryan Berman
Ryan Berman
Ryan is an author, keynote speaker, and the founder of Courageous. His book, Return on Courage, shows how during these courage deficient times, courage is a competitive advantage for those leaders who choose to unlock it.
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