“Hi… My name is Joelle Horca and I’m a workaholic.”

Recovering workaholic anyway, although I have my relapses. In this age of Blackberries, laptops, cellphones and increasing competition, distinguishing between workaholics and people just doing what’s expected of them can be difficult. Do you think you or someone you know may be a workaholic? Bryan Robinson has listed five common traits which workaholics exhibit. How many do you have? Remember, even if you have just a few but to a great degree, then you’re still in the woods.

1. Preoccupation with work. When you are away from work, does it still preoccupy your thoughts? Are you psychologically absent? Do you find work dominating your conversations in social settings?

2. Discomfort in delegating. Do you feel that only you can handle task which you should be delegating? Does the idea of delegating threaten your sense of control?

3. Neglect other aspects of life. Do you subconsciously put work before families and your personal life? Do you find yourself going back to the office after important social events?

4. Merge other parts of their lives into work. Is you set a clear line between leisure and work? Do you find yourself inevitably turning your personal relationships into business endeavors?

5. “Sneaking”work. Do you try to hide the fact that your working when you’re supposed to be relaxing?

Dr. Robinson’s book presents steps towards managing that this disease which should be treated for society’s own good. There is no easy fix, since we all have to work in order to survive. Keep this book by your side. It could change not just your life but also the lives of those around you!

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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