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Are you a workaholic?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by huntsie, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    I think I am. I spend a lot of time at the office working on extra stuff, doing briefs and stuff, developing ideas and working on them beyond what I'm assigned.
    I'm in early on days I design and putter after deadline a lot. My family has come to accept it, but I want to fix it. How do I do that? Anybody have any ideas -- I mean sincerely?
  2. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Huntsie, if by family you mean a spouse and child/children, and you still are lingeirng at work, you need to see a priest, pastor, family counselor or marriage counselor. And I"m sincere, too. You might as well get to know one of those folks now, because you're going to really be needing them sooner than later.
  3. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Yes I am, but I figure that's OK. Since I don't have anything else to do, I might as well be working. I frequently work 6- and 7-day weeks, and although I complain about it a lot, it is often by choice. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if I burn out by the time I'm 30. At least that gives me something to look forward to.
  4. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Why work so much?
  5. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Eh, what else am I going to do?
  6. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Even if you think you are relaxed and stress-free duirng all those extra hours not on deadline, getting stuff done, you still are draining yourself.
  7. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Why not? It's enjoyable for a lot of people.

    I don't always have a killer night where I'm busting for eight hours ... but sometimes, I think that's when I'm happiest. Because I know I'm going to get it done, and I know I'm going to have a good feeling about it when it's over.

    And if you think that's a path straight to divorce court ... perhaps you haven't met the right person. Some understand.
  8. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    I have met the right person and been married to her over 15 years. Part of that commitment to her and our child is that I come home and spend time with them when I don't have to be at work. Sure, there are days I put in two or three extra hours knocking out non-deadline type stuff, but I also like to get away from it. To each his or her own.
  9. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

  10. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    There is the satisfaction of knowing that not everyone can do it, too. It takes skill and experience to give everyone a smooth ride on a tough night, and when you can make it happen, it's very satisfying.

    I don't really get off anymore on putting in extra hours as some kind of macho thing, like I used to. This is coming from someone who at his last paper was known to pull all-nighters a few times a year while working on special sections. (I'm not sure that I physically could do that now; I'm not in my 30s anymore.) To me it's more of an accomplishment to do it in the allotted time than it is to "cheat" and get a head start. I'll still work extra hours when it seems necessary or when I think it will be worth it in terms of extra time equalling better product. The truth is that while I find work fulfilling on some levels, it is not as consistently fun as it was before our resources got cut -- and also, my life outside work is better than it's ever been, so I don't really need extra work as a means of filling a void in my life.
  11. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Hmm. Life outside of work. Must be nice.
  12. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I used to be a workaholic, but it cost me a few things much more important than my work. Now, my job is my job, nothing more, nothing less. I still occasionally put in long days and extra shfts. But I also make sure and take the time off I've earned and enjoy what little I do have outside of the office.
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