Carve Out a Little Time

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“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”    ~Dolly Parton

I love my job. While I may not get excited to get up and leave before 7:30 in the morning, I enjoy the time I’m there and the people I’m with. I make a difference in the world, and that’s a good thing. That being said, I’m always happy to be home, to see my family, to feather my nest, create good things to eat, and share smiles and stories with the people I love.

So I don’t really understand this whole workaholic thing.

I don’t understand how making money beats making memories, or how giving your all to outsiders for 10… 12… 14 hours leaves you nothing to share with the people who love you. I understand the need to feel important and needed, just not how that need can be better filled by people who are benefiting financially from your attentions.

Living with someone who prioritizes work over family relationships takes a toll.

If you’re wondering if this is you, you can take this survey developed by Norwegian researchers called the Bergen Work Addiction Scale. Give yourself a score to each question with 1 being never and 5 being always. If you rank high, do your loved ones a favor and get some help.

  • You think of how you can free up more time to work.
  • You spend much more time working than initially intended.
  • You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression.
  • You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
  • You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
  • You deprioritise hobbies, leisure activities and exercise because of your work.
  • You work so much that it has influenced your health negatively.

And If you ever come back from a trip and go straight to work without unpacking your bags, it’s pretty likely you’re a workaholic.


In response to The Daily Post’s prompt: carve

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4 thoughts on “Carve Out a Little Time

  1. Love this post, thanks for sharing! I also fall too easily into a work-mode, wanting to be as productive as possible and get work done, but I then neglect my health and become distracted from being present in the moment. Hopefully we can all learn to slow down and enjoy time relaxing and spending time with loved ones. I also discuss mental health and wellness on my blog and would really appreciate if you checked it out! https://www.alliemaelynn.com 🙂

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  2. I’m more like you! Definitely the opposite of a workaholic here. I’m lucky to have a job now where I can work a little harder with more skill for a shorter amount of time each day. Having more time off than most who work full time, I could almost feel guilty! – but I don’t. 😉

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