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The Work Issue

Updated: Apr 26, 2022

Do You Think Work Should Be Enjoyable?

"I was constantly stressed and dreaded waking up each day. I was overwhelmed in a business that was going downhill and I couldn’t see a way out."

According to a Gallop poll, 85% of people hate their job. The reasons for this range from being poorly paid, an unsustainable company structure and unfriendly managers and co-workers.

Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

It's safe to say, I love my work. I'm involved with a number of passion projects some of which I've spoken about and others are still to be unveiled.

My work load has always been plentiful and at times I've been accused of being a workaholic or at least of having a busy addiction. To be honest, I've accused myself of both from time to time.

Work can be defined as an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. I would also add that work is an activity we are paid to do.

A workaholic is a person who works compulsively. While the term generally implies that the person enjoys their work, it can also alternately imply that they simply feel compelled to do it. When we work this way, it becomes a compulsion that can impede our daily function and negatively impact the relationships that are unrelated to the work.

If you are unsure if your behaviour around work is workaholic, check out this article, 7 Signs that you may be a workaholic

According to Lissa Rankin in her article, Are you addicted to being busy? too many of us wear busyness as a badge of honor. I’m busy, therefore I’m important and valuable, therefore I’m worthy. And if I’m not busy, forget it. I don’t matter. Read her article to see if this relates to you.

To combat workaholism and busy addiction, I recommend cultivating a daily or at least a regular meditation practice.

If you missed my Meditate Daily in May program, check out our, Something to share with you section below for your free sample from Day 8.

If meditation is not your thing, try giving yourself time out each day to relax and reflect on your day.

Most of us will not do this as we have been socialised to believe that any time not being physically productive is wasting time. I encourage and invite you to challenge this belief.

Research shows that taking time out to relax actually makes us more productive.

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