I am a workaholic, and I love it.
When I go on a vacation, my cell phone and laptop are not far behind. In fact we’re heading out to LA in a few weeks, and I’ve requested a US roaming plan for my cell phone, along with a wireless modem card for my laptop. I’m prepared for everything! I’ll have full access to all systems at work, and plan on enjoying every minute of it.
Mind you, my family has other plans. I certainly won’t scuttle them, but I am ready!
For me an average work week is about 60 hours. Less than that, and I feel lost. My son tells me all the time “dad - can’t you stay home today?”. Honestly, as much as I enjoy doing nothing – I can’t do nothing for long. Mind you if I had a few million in the bank, I know I could find things to do – but until then, I love my job/work/career!
You’re probably thinking – this guy is nuts. Perhaps I am, but I find that work relieves my stress. By the time I get home, 8, 9 or 10 hours later – I’m ready to relax and not worry about work… unless of course my cell phone rings or signals an incoming message.
I work hard, but I like to relax harder.
I was reading a local newspaper (via my BlackBerry, of course) and found this great article on what else? Workaholics. Here are a few snippets all copyright by The Vancouver Sun. At the end of the snippets and post is a link to the full article.
The ups and downs of being a workaholic
Joel Yanofsky, For Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, April 04, 2009
Say what you will about compulsive overworkers, they’re self-motivated. And they’re not quitters. They’re also not especially popular these days. When did workaholic become a dirty word? I’m guessing when someone added the “aholic” part.
Of course, making light of this problem has always been a big part of the problem. When Toronto clinical psychologist Barbara Killinger started writing about workaholism almost 20 years ago, no one was taking the issue very seriously, a fact reflected in the subtitle of Killinger’s groundbreaking 1991 book, Workaholics: The Respectable Addicts.
“These people were considered bright, intelligent, ambitious and therefore successful,” Killinger told me recently. These same people also kept showing up in her private practice –overworked and stressed out. Still, back then, she said, “nobody even knew what workaholism was.”
Now, workaholism is, as one business consultant put it in a recent article in the WebMd newsletter, “the addiction du jour in American corporations.” In this country, a 2007 Statistics Canada study found that nearly one in three Canadians between the age 19 and 64 identify themselves as workaholics.
What may be more telling is the way hard work is starting to be stigmatized. The last few years have seen a proliferation of books like How to Be Idle, Doing Nothing, The Importance of Being Lazy, and In Praise of Slow.
There’s also Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, a kind of bible for the burnt out. It made it to the top of the Wall Street Journal bestseller list in 2007.
According to Ferriss, a journalist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and the 2008 winner of Wired Magazine’s Greatest Self-Promoter of All Time prize, it’s time to “define laziness anew” and “focus on being productive, not busy.”
Lazy, in other words, is the new busy.
“I know a guy who left his wedding reception and went back to the office for a couple of hours. Incredibly, the marriage is still together.”
So in How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying, MacInnis puts the emphasis on “anything” — home, family, school — and not just business. His chapter on workaholism is called Beware the Addiction.