So are you a workaholic?
Or is it just that you love your work so much you are a “Workafrolic?”
Isn’t that a great word? I mean how many of us truly want to frolic at work? And doesn’t that make you want to grin? I mean frolic??
I was listening to a TEd talk where the presenter was discussing just this difference. And I know that I struggle with this daily. Am I really pushing myself way tooo hard. Or am I just loving what I am doing, or both?
And so here is what I started seeing and thinking about. Ready?
Workaholic, The definition is a person who compulsively works hard and long hours. I mean really long hours 12-15 hours per day, 5-7 days per week. That is loads of working, yes?
THE PROBLEMS WITH BEING A WORKAHOLIC
- If you are a workaholic, there is no mechanism to stop you from overworking
- If you are a workaholic, you are finding yourself to be not as healthy recently
- If you are a workaholic, you are not sleeping well
- If you are not feeling fulfilled by what you are doing but keep doing it anyway
- You will start to develop stress dis-eases, like heart problems and high blood pressure.
- You no longer have a social life
- All you know is the office.
- You are probably not eating or drinking well.
- AND THE BIGGEST ONE? THERE IS NO JOY IN YOUR WORK!
Has someone said this to you recently? Are you aware of it?
So let’s look at this. What truly is the difference between workaholic and workafrolic?
Workafrolic, means that while indeed you are working long hours, you are not in that stress mode. Instead we are loving our work and just getting totally lost in it just for the joy of it all.
And the thing is, when in the workafrolic mode, we are being fed. There are incredible benefits to this mode.
- We are more joyful
- we are happy to be at work
- office politics are not our thing
- we feel fulfilled by doing this work
- we feel that we are serving others in a way
- we are getting a great sense of accomplishment
So that means if we are in workafrolic mode, we are not pushing ourselves into dis-ease. But rather a joyful place.
But here is the rub, Please tell me what you think.
Both still work long hours, yes?
But does it feel like we are working per se, if we are truly loving what we do? So that means we no longer feel, arggh, I have to go to work.
And that changes our outlook, our health and our joy levels.
So what do you think? Do you fit either of these categories?
For me to be fully transparent. Here is where I am … I know that I have been totally kaoroshi at times. And also at times. completely and riduculously joy about my work. So do we vascilate between the two also?
I know as one having my own online businesss, I just adore my life. I cannot wait to get up and get close to my “puter. And because of the joy I feel I totally forget that I have been sitting communing with my machine for the last 6 hours. Now what do we call that???
Well here is my solution.
Compromise. Oh yeah, that word again. I need to compromise not doing long days, with loads of breaks in between and connecting with friends. That keeps me out of the dangerous workaholic space, yes?
What do you do to insure you are not workaholic but rather workafrolic?
I really want to hear, because I am having a dilemma knowing the difference at times. Because I am so in love at this moment. It is heady loving our work and our potential .
Ok. in honoring myself, I am not getting off this screen. And you take a break too…ok?
Oh and just in case you need some working suggestions, here are a few.
Workafrolics do this:
1 Frequent breaks every 45 minutes to an hour
2. Contact a friend during the work schedule.
3. Use a work schedule with a timer. And don’t ignore the timer!
4. Go for a walk at least 2x per day
5. Love your work and love your body, be aware of legs falling asleep and eyes not staying open!
6 Eat scheduled meals
7. Workafrolics have other hobbies. Not just work
Make sense? Yeah.. Will we do it? I hope so. After all we can form the workaholics joy club.. anyone in?
In peace and gratitude,