“Everyone has heard the story of Willie Loman in the play ‘Death of a Salesman.’ Willie was a workaholic. He typified the old fashioned concept of success. After all, if you are always working, you must be successful. No, it doesn’t work that way. For workaholics, there is never enough work… The only satisfaction is fighting off sleep, denying life’s pleasures, getting more tasks done. Some people are impressed with this behavior. But, just because someone spends too much time working, that doesn’t mean he/she ends up with the most money. These people are usually task-oriented than results-oriented. They are busy being busy, not busy being productive. Workaholics generally end up alienating their families, losing their health, facing a crisis of values.
Now, wouldn’t you prefer a life of productivity rather than a life of tasks? Of course. When you schedule your time, you can work smarter instead of longer, and you will probably end up getting more done than the workaholic – and still have time for other things in life.
Enlightened self-interest says: focus on doing more per hour than doing more hours. ‘I will run my day so my day doesn’t run me.’ A life worth living comes from a life of balance and moderation. Too much of anything, even good things, will sooner or later throw you off track.”