You know the scenario: Get to work on time, do your job effectively, come home on time and hopefully have a life for the rest of the day. How, then, do you become a workaholic so that you can get up to par with all the other workaholics around you? Emulation is the name of the game!
Look at some of the worst workaholics within your meeting planning community and start doing what they do:
1) Stay loose and unfocused
Never mind the forthcoming conference objectives, strategic plan or key goals you want to accomplish. Constantly check your email all day long, and reply to even the most mundane of messages.
Spend countless hours on social networking sites in the erroneous belief that, somehow, legions of others are going to beat a path to your door … oops, your posting … and reward you with business opportunities.
3) Scatter your efforts
Do this day in and day out, so that significant accomplishments continue to elude you, and you have more work to do with each passing day.
4) Develop the art of whining and groaning
Let everyone know how much work you’re facing, how you never get a break and how you have so little support. Rush around to the bathroom, the water cooler and the lunch room so that people know you’re in a hurry and have a lot to do. Maybe they have no idea how you fritter away your day.
5) Stay late every evening
Rather than leaving at a normal or appropriate time, see what else you can tackle. Waste your day surfing the Internet, then, late in the afternoon, hurriedly try to catch up with all the work you put off.
6) Take work home with you every night
Stuff your briefcase with reports, papers and other documents. Make sure when you get home that you spread these items all over the place so that you can’t escape them. Deny others in your household the opportunity to be with you.
7) Overeat, under-exercise, watch too much television and under-sleep
Wake up feeling out of sorts, make your way to work and proceed as if you’re behind. Repeat this process over and over again until you look ragged, feel ragged and are difficult to be around.
8) Let “work” take over your weekends
Visit the office on Saturday or simply barricade yourself at home and renew the frittering you practiced during the workweek. Shortchange leisure, vacations, time with your family, time with friends and pursuit of your favorite pastimes and hobbies.
There! You are now a full-fledged workaholic. Welcome to the club that has members in the multimillions. As you hone and refine your workaholism, you may be eligible for your own massive coronary. Other distinctions might come your way, too: being passed over for promotions, divorce, strung-out kids, chemical dependency, Internet addiction and more.
OK, so we laid it on a little thick, but what parts of what we covered might ring true for you? And, in that acknowledgment, what steps might you take toward change?
We hope this post gave you a giggle as well as something to think about. Please share your best work habits in the comment box below.