Are you a workaholic
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Hello and welcome to the the the Traveling introvert going

to talk about workaholics. And the reason I want to talk about workaholics is

because so many of us come and live in a workaholic environment. And we might

not think about it, but you probably grew up or working in a workaholic culture

or maybe a family or even your business that you've almost self imposed on

yourself that you are now a workaholic. And what do I mean by a workaholic? And

my question to you would be when was the last time you left work on time?

When was the last time you didn't take your laptop on

vacation with you? When was the last time you didn't have your work emails on

your phone and then you were checking every time there was a ping? It is so

easy these days with the expected 24 hours access and people expecting you to

respond very quickly, that we become workaholics. And for introverts it's even

worse because part of that workaholic culture means that you do not have

downtime or recharge time or creative brain time or just time to help prevent

burnout and zoom fatigue. So thinking about your average work day or work week,

what does that look like?

One thing that some people do is every day they look at

their calendar and they try and make sure they have no more than say, two or 4

hours of meetings on their calendar. Because, let's be honest, how much are you

really concentrating if you have more than 4 hours of meetings or conversations

on your calendar? Some people go for four day work weeks, so they preserve maybe

a Wednesday or maybe a Friday morning or a Monday afternoon. So they can do

deep, focused work or just have free time for anything that might pop up. What

about vacation?

I know that a lot of people do have very limited vacation

depending on where they're living, but how can you strategically use that

vacation to get what you need as a human and what this all comes down to? And

sort of also how often do you cheque your email? How frequently do you respond

to people immediately? All of these things tend to be because we have a lack of

limits and guardrails and boundaries without limits in a fully flexible, remote

first environment, it is super, super easy just to keep on working and to be

working constantly. Not consistently, constantly, especially if you've grown up

in a school with a university, with people around you and your family and the

culture that is workaholics related.

You might obsess over your client designs, you might obsess

over your clients, you might obsess over the project that you're doing. And it

feels great until it doesn't. Because without guardrails and boundaries and

limitations, you're more than likely to work 8910, 1112, 14, 15 hours a day.

And when I say work, is it going to be quality work or is it going to be work

under stress and dress. And when you're tired, when you work these kind of

days, you're not giving yourself time to be sick, to take a break, just to

breathe, to give your eyes a rest from the screen.

There's things that we don't do. So clear limits to meetings

and work hours, helps prevent burnout, helps prevent zoom fatigue, helps

prevent you from doing harm to yourself. You need clear limits and boundaries.

Most people are way more productive and focused when they have a self imposed

boundaries, limitations, maybe even a condensed schedule. And sure, you might

not always achieve that goal of having no meeting Monday, but if you do it,

more than not, you will see the benefits.

You need to be intentional about putting in these

guardrails. You need to be intentional about setting these boundaries each

week, each day, to ensure balance and focus productivity without wasted time.

And a lot of it can be done with asynchronous sort of practises, but just

something to think about. Are you a workaholic? Thank you for listening.

This is helping you build your

brand and get higher. Have a great rest of your week.

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