Workaholism: A 6 step programme for workaholics on holiday

Posted by Paul Morton

Workaholism. It often starts with a small taste but when left unchecked it can snowball into a full-on addiction. Like many addictions, it leaves people tired, irritable and alienating their family. In moderation, work won’t damage your health but doing it to excess can be potentially harmful. If you or someone you love, show signs of being a workaholic, it’s time for an intervention.

Fortunately, there is a cure for workaholism commonly referred to as a ‘holiday’. Expanding on a previous treatment known as the ‘weekend’, holidays are an escape from the temptations of work. However, no matter where you go, smartphones, tablets and laptops are so readily available that a relapse into work when on holiday is all too common.

So, to beat your addiction, here are six tips to help you step back and actually take a break from the work and enjoy your holiday.

1. Plan your final week

Before you leave for warmer climes, plan out your final week of work. Arrange everything you need to do before you go, and then ensure a swift handover of what’s left to your colleagues.

2. Don’t go cold turkey

It’s okay to wean yourself off work. You can check your emails, but don’t answer them. Only respond if there is an urgent issue that demands your attention. To remove temptation, tell your colleagues not to get in touch unless absolutely necessary. It keeps you work-free and it empowers them to take responsibility. People shouldn’t enable workaholics in this way.

3. Reduce access to technology

If you don’t think you can resist working, cut off your supply by reducing your access to technology. It’s hard to focus on recovery when you’re still tethered to the office.

4. Relax or engage

There are a few different approaches to taking a holiday. Some find serene, meditative trances are most effective, usually poolside with some kind of coconut drink. At the other end of the spectrum there’s those who like to engage in holiday activities. Whichever you choose, the point is that a holiday is your time, so do with it what you will to avoid a relapse.

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