Apparently, not all workaholics are the same. I used to hold the stereotypical idea of what a workaholic is and so I didn’t even think that people may be workaholics in many different ways.
Then I read ‘’Chained to the desk’’ by Bryan Robinson PhD — who did outline the different types of workaholics and how we can differentiate them and I understood why despite me knowing I am a workaholic — I felt like this is one more thing I don’t ‘’fit in’’ the stereotypical description.
So what am I then — if not the stereotypical workaholic?
Well, as with everything else in life — I fluidly move from one category to another — but my workaholic ‘’home base’’ is actually the Attention Deficit Workaholic.
I’ve spoken about it multiple times, but it might be relevant to share here too — if ADD and ADHD were a thing when I was a kid in school — I’d have easily been diagnosed with ADD. My schooling years feel like they never happened — mentally I was just not there. I was bored, distracted and quietly escaping the reality of the classroom with far more interesting ideas, projects and thoughts in my mind.
Anyhow — let’s see — where are you going to find yourself among the different Workaholic types.
Workaholism & its Types
· Different work styles = different sets of emotional/cognitive vulnerabilities
· Workaholics can be found at every level of income, not only high-paid positions
· Stereotypical workaholic: working all the time, few periods of downtime, leisure and recreation, work more important than relationships
· Completion: overcommitting but getting the job done weeks ahead of schedule = high productivity
· Initiation: tasks are quickly done = quick on to new tasks
· Addiction: Adrenaline kick of finishing task, praise from others
· Perfectionist: standards practically unreachable, take work seriously, abhor incompetence of others
“You have to balance your passions, not your time.” – Lisa Sugar
· Alternate between binge and purge = seems to others as if avoiding work but internally obsessing about it
· Initiation: not starting, procrastinating until last minute
· Completion: times of frantic productivity with over-commitment, not stopping before the job is done -> collapsing afterwards -> long time not being productive
· Perfectionist: distracting themselves because of fear of doing tasks not perfectly -> work anorexic
· Adrenaline-seeking, easily bored and distracted, constantly seeking stimulation
· Initiation: new tasks = new excitement/adrenaline -> innovators
· Completion: losing interest in/not paying attention to details, impulsive decisions -> leaving projects unfinished
· Addiction: adrenaline charge -> creating a crisis to solve -> attention and praise from others for resolving the crisis, might be undiscovered ADD
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker
· Slow, deliberate, methodical, detailed, self-absorbed, no team workers
· Completion: don’t know when the job is done, never good enough -> over-analyzing, lost in details, creating additional work when almost done -> never closure nor real accomplishment
· Initiation: don’t want to start new tasks because the old one is never done
· Addiction: always being busy, ticking off tasks on lists -> shows accomplishment on paper
So, now that you are familiar with the different types of workaholics — which one would you class yourself to be?
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