Work-a-holic’s Day

If you are a work-a-holic, we encourage you to use  Work-a-Holic Day to break the habit. Simply take today off.

-Sam, My Paper Box Owner


Is a buzzword often used to describe devotion to work in a positive light — by defining themselves as workaholics, people often think they are showcasing their passion for their jobs.

But, we should resist equaling workaholism with having a great work ethic. It is actually a serious problem that can lead to career burnout, or overworking oneself to serious health issues.

Research indicates that workaholism affects between 27% and 30% of the general population today.

What are the main causes of Workaholism?

There are 4 leading causes we associate with workaholism:

  1. Motivational Causes: 
    Workaholics don’t work because they enjoy the work — they work because they feel like they should.
  2. Cognitive Causes: 
    Workaholics find it difficult to stop thinking about work, even when they’re not working.
  3. Emotional Causes: 
    Workaholics feel anxious and guilty when not working.
  4. Behavioral Causes: 
    Workaholics have a tendency to work more than their companies expect from them.

How to address workaholism?

  • Focusing only on a select set of priority (urgent and important) tasks each day.
  • Avoid your biggest stressors as much as possible.
  • Limiting emailing only to work hours, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Working no more than 40 hours per week, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Setting realistic expectations in terms of workload and deadlines.
  • Working on balancing your life activities better.

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