It’s finally Christmas time, the season with the most number of holidays! For workaholics however, it’s well, still a time for work. It’s normal to assume that there’s nothing wrong with such a lifestyle, but actually, being hard at work despite the many days off is ultimately unhealthy. After all, this time of the year isn’t for toiling, but for chilling around and spreading that Christmas cheer with family and friends.
If you consider yourself to be a full-on workaholic, read on to know how you can kick back and find your well-deserved holiday rest.
Engage in an Internet-Free Vacation
You can take a workaholic out of the workplace, but that won’t necessarily can’t stop him or her from working. Even if you take a workaholic to beautiful vacation destinations, he or she will be sending emails, reports, and other work-related things as long as he or she has the resources to do so. The only way to make this corporate juggernaut halt is to cut off his or her ability to go online. Without it, the workaholic will turn into a full-blown tourist.
Exclude Work in Conversations
Notice how your coworkers get bored when you talk about nothing but work during breaks and night outs? You can’t blame workaholics though since they’re somewhat plagued by this constant pressure that prevents them from letting go of their work. This obsessive nature stems from their fear and anxiety towards the inability to finish work properly and on time, and babbling endlessly about the job can get them riled up and want to work even more.
Emphasize that Everyone Else is on Break
For the workaholic to enjoy the Yuletide season, he or she must be reminded that the year-end Holidays is when friends and families gather to catch up, bond, and be merry. The workaholic must realize that an extra week of output is not worth sacrificing precious time with loved ones who may not be available until next year’s Christmas. It is only after this important realization that the workaholic can forget about his quota and start enjoying the things that matters most in the end. Because without family, what’s the point?
Create Auto-Reply Emails
If a single email can distract a disciplined professional from a well-deserved break, then imagine what more it can do to a workaholic, especially one who’s still trying to get the feel of what it’s like to be in an actual vacation. So if you want to have an R&R completely free from the bondage of demands and deadlines, make an auto-reply template telling senders that you are currently unavailable and won’t be able to reply until a certain date.
Work is one of the most vicious things people can’t get addicted to. Therefore, it’s only right to fight it and help those struggling with it. Happy Holidays, everybody!