American work culture has given in to the idea that everyone must be a workaholic in order to succeed. There is an assumption that you cannot get ahead without constant striving, missed sleep and working through weekends. Not only is this way of thinking outdated and wrong, it can actually be harmful. Instead, you should try to be an anti-workaholic.
One way to do this is to restructure how you use your time. You may feel like you have to work non-stop, but chances are that you just need to work smarter. Find ways to fine-tune your workday. Where are you wasting time? Are you holding onto tasks you should delegate? You may have more available space in your day than you think, in turn freeing up more of your evenings and weekends for things other than your job obligations.
To be an anti-workaholic, you have to be comfortable with trusting others to do their job well. If you work in a team format, micromanaging or carrying more than your fair share of the work for control’s sake isn’t good for you or your team. You are responsible for your job, and part of that should be allowing others to succeed and grow as well.
Workaholics are always checking emails, looking at their phones and planning what’s next. You have to be comfortable with turning that off and allowing yourself to clock out mentally and emotionally from your work. Designate time for yourself and your family, and don’t allow work to creep in. Set strict boundaries and ask others on your team to do the same. This is a sure step toward breaking down the workaholic mindset in your workplace.
As an anti-workaholic, you will be happier and healthier, and you’ll probably be better at your job too. Protecting your personal life and mental health is key to success, and you cannot have these things if you are always on the job. Learn to let go when you’re “off,” and manage your time well when you’re “on”.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC