Do you find yourself compulsively trying to achieve and be productive? You hardly finished one task before your mind is on to the next one. You work hard to clear things off your to-do list, and then immediately fill it up again. You might be working on a presentation or article, but your mind is already on the topic you will cover in the next one. The problem is that research shows that approaching work in this manner—no matter how “productive” it might feel—is actually working against you.
Work addiction, unlike addictions involving alcohol or other substances, is rewarded by our culture with promotions, bonuses, praise, and awards—and therefore considered a good thing. However, what we don’t realize is that workaholism has a long-term negative effect, not only on our well-being, but also, ironically, on our productivity.
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