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Addicted to Work?

Posted: 11/07/2013 8:27 am

Well, apropos of this blog, I've worked every day for the past two months. Over the past two months, we redesigned the company, moved many of our staff from one location to another, had a flood in our initial location, and began working on job descriptions, reviews and our employee handbook, as well as putting on paper every process that we do! I also had two major presentations, one of which is linked here. Needless to say it's been pretty crazy!

Last Friday night, my husband and I watched a movie, and for the first time in two months, I did not do email, house supplies shopping, kid's clothes online shopping, holiday shopping, or any other computer-related behavior.

And I was extremely uncomfortable!

All night, something felt a little... off. I had this vague, nagging sense that I was missing something and kept looking for my phone (which was right next to me), thinking I had lost something.

But then, FINALLY, I got engrossed in the movie. At the end, I realized that it was the first night in two months I had actually taken OFF, and that I was so conditioned to working I had actually forgotten how to relax... disconnect... BE!

My coach always tells me that I'm "addicted to work," and I always strenuously protest. And, perhaps, before the past two (really difficult) months, I wasn't. But, practice something for 16 hours a day for two months in a row, and I promise you, you'll get good at it... as I did!

At realizing this, I was pretty bummed. I work in this amazing place, with bodywork, acupuncture, chiropractic, stress reduction, osteopathy, and I can't relax? The irony was not lost on me!

SO I gave myself an "A" for having gotten really good at working really hard.

And then took the weekend off.

Do you want to know the coolest thing?

My work was still patiently waiting for me this morning when I came back to it!

As winter approaches, it is often a time of slowing down, of reflection, of quiet. I invite you to acknowledge yourself for how hard you worked, and then... turn off for awhile.

Your work will be there when you turn back on.

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