July 5th is Work-a-holics Day. Some people are hard-working while others are just work-a-holics. But what is the difference anyway?

Work-a-holic and Hard-working

Although hard-working people have the tendency to work for long hours, they still manage to find more time and satisfaction from the work and activities that they do. Hard-working people get the job done in a timely manner, while work-a-holics sacrifice work-life balance to get the job done. Working 70 to 80 hours a week means 12 to 14 hour shifts for six days, assuming that you are working for six days a week and one day off. Working for almost 14 hours per day will leave you with little time to do other activities. I bet you aren’t even getting a full eight hours of sleep, right? Such poor work-life balance leads to decreased productivity. Work smarter, not harder.

Let’s see how you stack up against these questions about being a work-a-holic.

1. Are you competitive and driven?
2. Do you prefer work over leisure?
3. Work anywhere, anytime?

The major distinction between work-a-holic and hard-working that one can cite is the satisfaction one gets from the work and how others around them are impacted by the workers choices. Research shows that when work becomes a tedious activity, becomes consuming and yields no joy to the person performing the work, then working excessively is more like an addiction.

This Work-a-holics Day, analyze your work-life balance. Take this day as an opportunity to evaluate your work goals and ensure that you have a reasonable work-life balance. Reinvent yourself, and we’ll see you at the finish line.