Have you ever considered why you waste all of your free time at work? Did you ever think when you were a little kid that you would be spending all day in an office somewhere? We all dream of being an athlete, or an astronaut or something cool like that. Instead, most of us waste our days in an office, or working for someone else in general.
You Need Money
The best reason why you spend all day working for the man is that you need money. The bills will still come rolling in no matter what you are doing for work. This means that you have to take whatever job you can get in order to pay the bills and not have your house taken by the bank. This is good news for companies who need labor and know that it will be hard for employees to leave if they don’t like working during the summer months.
Think Outside the Box
You might need a job, but you don’t need to be working in some office all day if you don’t want to. The key is to plan ahead and think about what you want out of a job. If you like working outside, why not become a park ranger, or mow lawns for extra cash? If you enjoy working out a lot, why not work at a gym and help other people meet their fitness goals. You don’t have to waste your time at work.
Work to Live
They say you are supposed to work to live, not live to work. This is a good saying because it puts into perspective why we get jobs. We need money to pay our bills, but somehow become slaves to the money that we make. Our career path doesn’t have to follow what your boss wants, what your parents want or what anybody else wants. Your job should be what you want it to be. Have fun with it, be creative and do what you want. As long as you get paid, who cares what you do.
The death of the workaholism may be upon us. This was a term that used to describe people who couldn’t seem to peel themselves away from work for very long. They preferred work to just about anything else in their life. Granted, they were a rare breed, but now they may be almost a dead breed.
Is it possible to be a workaholic anymore?
There are two main problems for the workaholic individual. The first is all of the modern technology that the world offers. It is very difficult not to be distracted by some of it at some point. If you have that electronic gadget that keeps taking away your attention from work, then you are slowing becoming less of a workaholic. There are so many things other than work that could fill up your time now. It is hard to imagine how there is still anyone out there who would rather work all the time.
The second big problem for this breed is that there are fewer jobs to go around. This simply means that many are not able to be workaholics even if they wanted to. If they cannot find a job, then they are just sitting at home doing nothing like the rest of us. It is actually something that bothers certain people greatly. When they are not able to find a job, many of this type of person feels that he or she is not contributing to society at all. That is a tough thing to deal with.
The question must be asked. Should we be cheering the vanishing of the workaholism or worried about it? That kind of depends on the person that you are and what you have done with your life. If you are an employer, then you may wish that these types of people were still around in your workforce. However, if you are the spouse of one of these types, then you are probably happy that this behavior is starting to go away. If you are or were a workaholic yourself, you may be very confused about how you are feeling. Some are very upset that they are not able to live the way that they once were, but others are starting to come to terms with it and look around and their life and try to find ways that they might improve it.
Is it possible that the workaholism could make a return? There is no reason to assume that it is out of the realm of possibilities. People could suddenly decide that this way of living is something that they want to return to. They might find a way to deal with all of the distractions of the modern world and start to work towards focusing back in on their work life. It is also possible that the economy could come roaring back and jobs become bountiful. These are all things that could happen. If they will or not is yet to be decided, but for the moment the workaholic is very nearly an extinct breed.
Is it Workaholism?
When creating a resume, many individuals add their commitment to their jobs, and their ability to go above and beyond their employers’ expectations. Do they mean they’re a workaholic? That’s probably so. It’s not a good attribute to add to your resume that you worked around the clock to ensure your responsibilities are accomplished successfully. Although most employers expect you to do whatever it takes to get the job done, other employers may consider it a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Although the term “workaholic” is used lightly, and many professionals are proud to admit it, workaholism is often treated a psychological disorder. Although there’s no general term or diagnosis to date, many psychologists study this behavior and have detailed opinions on symptoms and possible treatments. Workaholism relates more so to the preoccupation with work rather than the amount of work a workaholic has to accomplish. Similar to any other diagnosed addiction such as smoking, food or alcohol, workaholism has the same traits and even the unhealthy side effects. Many addictions can deteriorate your health, workaholism can have devastating effects from loss of sleep, the inability to relax, stress, anger, depression and seclusion from family and friends because a workaholic is always working.
Many professionals blame workaholism on today’s technology. From the time cellular phones were introduced to laptops to mobile communications, work is always there, and employees are always accessible to their employers. Some employers require you’re available, even when you’re vacationing. Neither of these circumstances makes a workaholic. It’s the professionals who are almost obsessed with their job. After some time, that creates anger from being burn-out from the job and workaholics turn to looking for another job.
Before creating your resume and looking for new opportunities, ask yourself, “Am I a workaholic?” Take the necessary steps to ensure you don’t fall into your addiction in your next job. Like other addicts, workaholics fall into the same routine and blame their environment. It’s not the employer or the work environment or the demands of the job; it’s the inability to put work aside because it’s an obsession.
Do You Really Have to Work So Much?
Perfecting your resume is a good idea. Resumes are extremely important in today’s job market, probably more important than they have ever been. If you’re wondering why that is, it’s simple. Just like in the housing market there are buyer’s markets and seller’s markets, in the employment market there are employee’s markets and employer’s markets.
An employee’s market is when companies are desperate for hires. This happens when economies take off, usually because of the domino effect. One industry sees job growth and it leads to another industry needing more employees, and so on it goes.
Employer’s markets, which is what we are in right now, are the opposite. Because the economy is poor, there are dozens of applicants for each job listing. Companies get to pick and choose amongst a wide range of applicants, and this is why a resume is so important today.
Do I Really Have to Spend Too Much Hours at Work?
Despite it being an employer’s market, you can still find the right balance between your work and your life. The best way to do this is to find a job that you can be passionate about.
This is not as hard as it appears. You only need to spend some time going over what you truly love to do, and what inspires you when you do it. If you want, make a list of all the things you are passionate about. Most people have one or two things that they absolutely adore, then a whole slew of interests that spread out from there.
When you’re done making this list, brainstorm on jobs that are related to what you love. Be bold. Do you really want to spend the next 40 years of your life slogging away at a job you don’t like? If you think the money will make it worth it, be assured that it doesn’t work that way.
I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.
Louis E. Boone
One, money is not what makes people happy. Two, if you are stuck in a job that you can’t stand, you most likely will not be delivering the energy or performance that the people at the top of that industry do. That means you won’t get to the top and grab the fat paychecks to begin with.
Go back to your list and study it. Be honest with yourself. Pick out what you would love to do for the next 40 years. That’s how you will wind up not being a slave to your job.
Hours Are Different When You Love What You Do
Loving what you do frees you from having to count the hours until you get to be yourself. That’s what many people do with their jobs, and while you can choose to do that too, you probably don’t want to.