- Do you get more excited about your work than about family or anything else? Sometimes, yes.
- Are there times when you can charge through your work and other times when you can’t? Absolutely.
- Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation? I have on many occasions.
- Is work the activity you like to do best and talk about most? Yes. And I know it sometimes annoys people.
- Do you work more than 40 hours a week? Yes.
- Do you turn your hobbies into money-making ventures? *sigh* Yes.
- Do you take complete responsibility for the outcome of your work efforts? Always.
- Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time? I tend to be a prompt person.
- Do you take on extra work because you are concerned that it won’t otherwise get done? Yup.
- Do you underestimate how long a project will take and then rush to complete it? At times.
- Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing? Of course, why wouldn’t you.
- Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work? Grrr. YES! 😦
- Are you afraid that if you don’t work hard you will lose your job or be a failure? I have finally moved forward from that fear.
- Is the future a constant worry for you even when things are going very well? Worry was a best friend. We’re now acquaintances.
- Do you do things energetically and competitively including play? I am getting better about that.
- Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else? All the effing time.
- Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships? It did.
- Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking? Sometimes.
- Do you work or read during meals? No but only because I love to eat.
- Do you believe that more money will solve the other problems in your life? Not any more.
If you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions you may be a workaholic. Relax. You are not alone.
Well, thank goodness I’m not alone. I thought this was a normal way of life. As I wait for the next phase of my diagnosis, I have been doing some writing. And you know what I learned about myself? That I have a busy schedule. I knew that I did but I didn’t really KNOW or want to ACCEPT. The first step is knowing. I did a google search of workaholics and the Workaholics Anonymous link came up. I truthfully answered the questions and read some of their literature. Interesting stuff. I was told I have to slow down and reevaluate my schedule. I also did a comparison of this year and 2006 (the year of my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis). There were a ton of similarities and a difference. The difference being that I don’t party like I did but the crazy schedule remains the same. I have lots to think about and some changes to make without compromising my dreams and passions. As I have blogged, I know what I want but I know that I don’t want to hurt myself in the process. What fun would that be? To finally achieve everything I dreamed but not be able to enjoy any of it. One day at a time, folks.
So keep me in your thoughts tomorrow morning 🙂 Everything will be the way it is supposed to be. And if you think you may be a workaholic, visit www.workaholic-anonymous.org. Great site. I highly recommend it.