Jan 9th Workaholics Anonymous: Are You a Member?

Hey there, work ninjas and keyboard warriors! Let’s huddle up for a chat about something that’s sneakily reshaping our lives – ‘workism.’

You know, that sneaky little bug where your job starts feeling like your BFF, therapist, and life coach all rolled into one? Thanks to Derek Thompson for coining the term and Arthur C. Brooks for turning the spotlight on it, we’re now facing the music: being a workaholic might not be the trophy we thought it was. It’s more like accidentally signing up for a marathon when you just wanted a leisurely jog.

Think about it…Is your job your secret identity? Do you find yourself choosing spreadsheets over spaghetti nights with the fam? If the idea of losing your job sends you into a soap opera level of drama, welcome to the club – the workism club. But here’s the twist: this club is more crowded than you think, and it’s not just about working hard. It’s about our jobs hijacking our identities.

So, what’s the game plan? Arthur C. Brooks, our work-life balance coach, has some play moves. First, he says, create some real, no-kidding, honest-to-goodness space from your job. Imagine a vacation where your only update is a beach selfie, not a project status. Or a weekend where your laptop collects a bit of dust. Revolutionary, right?!

And here’s the kicker: Check your squad. Are your pals all about that work talk? Time to remix that friend list and add some folks who don’t just see you as your job title. We’re talking about those precious souls who remind you that there’s a whole world out there that doesn’t revolve around excel spreadsheets and client calls.

Bottom line? You’re a fabulous, multi-dimensional star, not just a work machine. It’s about finding that sweet spot where work is a part of your life, not the whole darn thing. So, let’s raise our coffee mugs to being more than our job titles and email signatures. Here’s to living a life that’s as colorful and diverse as a box of macarons – because, let’s face it, you’re way too awesome to be just one flavor.

Harvard Business School

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