The word workaholic usually brings to mind someone who works in an office, is never home and doesn’t have a personal life.
I think that I am a workaholic but I am none of those things. I work from home, or a coffee shop, and I usually have a lot of free time because I’m a fast worker. But I still will call myself a workaholic. Why, you ask?
I can’t put work down. I constantly hit refresh on my email, endlessly obsessing over social media, reading about business and planning. These are great things for someone trying to build a business from the ground up. But it can be really hard to let the work go at the end of the day. Something can always be better.
This is both a strength and a weakness. I have improved by leaps and bounds in the past year as a designer and as a business owner. I have seen major growth and find myself as far more independent than my friends who have chosen a traditional career path. My only limit is myself. I obsess over these things because I know that it is what I truly love. It’s a good sign if you can do something all day and when it’s time to put it it down, you don’t want to.
So why is this a bad thing?
Brains need time to relax. The constant input of information can be a drain and screen time is shown to be incredibly unhealthy.
Some of my best ideas have been during times of boredom, silence or rest. This business would not exist if not for a long bout of easy classes and boredom. Boredom breeds creativity.
I went away this weekend to visit family. I purposefully left my computer at home because I wanted to be intentional with my relationships. But during the lull of the day, I keep finding myself wishing I had to update this one little thing or start a new project.
I hope that I can learn to find the right balance and I hope anyone that is struggling with the same thing does too!