If you think being a workaholic is getting you ahead in your life and career, you better think again. It does not pay to be a workaholic and is hazardous to your health. If you are putting in more than eight hours a day, you have a 67% for heart disease and you are three times more likely to abuse alcohol. Not to mention your increased stress will decrease your productivity by 50%.
Did you know that going 20 or more hours without sleep is equal to a blood alcohol level of 0.10? It would be similar to having drunk five to six drinks before work. Being sleep deprived is a not a very effective way to go through life. A good night sleep re-energizes the body, rests the brain, and refreshes the soul.
Being a workaholic has put people in the hospital, destroyed marriages, and in general makes people cranky. You might think you are being highly productive, but if you really paid attention, you would find your output is slowly taking a nosedive. It may not be obvious, but when people are exhausted, overworked, and stressed out their ability to be effective declines significantly. I recently heard a story about a woman who worked more than 75 hours a week; she was sleep deprived and extremely difficult to deal with. She was having a simple business discussion that should have taken 10 minutes, but instead it lasted two hours because she was unable to focus her thoughts or manage her emotions.
I realize putting in an eight-hour day is no longer the norm. However, I suggest that you pay attention to how effective you really are after the eight hours. Are your thoughts clear? Are you able to make a well thought out decision? Are people finding you enjoyable to work with? Are you feeling more stressed pushing your own limits? Are your efforts worthy of the outputs?
Ask yourself the tough question, “Is being a workaholic really getting me the results I am driving for”