I often wonder what the answer to that question is and I may already know the answer that it is most definitely YES. But these days, especially working on the internet, isn’t it becoming more normal to be constantly doing something that touches on work?
What with Blackberry’s, mobile broadband, Wifi everywhere, lots of email addresses and all the social networking sites especially Twitter, can you ever get away from some sort of work? For me it may be different to others since running an internet company means you have to be even more in touch with what’s going on, but even still it may be nice once in a while to switch off.
I saw a tweet yesterday from @sharpideas , who happen to be doing some great stuff for us at the moment (more to be revealed soon) and they quoted Confucius – a Chinese philosopher – and it said
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I must have certainly found a job I love as even though I put in on average 7 -8 hours a day in the office and often a couple of hours in the evening at home, I am still excited by everything that comes along. Oh and fit that around getting 2 kids to school before work and then spending a few hours with them in the evening before their bedtime. Again working for yourself may add a different slant on things as Dave and I have always worked really hard to achieve what we want and there is still a long way to go yet.
So the reason why I think I am a workaholic comes in many guises, and it’s probably my Blackberry I have to blame most as I check my emails all the time, and respond at all hours. This also comes from having clients and friends in lots of different time zones so you kind of have to be there 24/7. The first thing I do when I wake up, once I’ve put the kettle on and fed the cats is to check my emails and Twitter.
I will also find that even when I am perhaps shopping online I am always questioning why certain sites rank, and for what terms, then will also be taking note of the web design and usability … rather than just getting on with what I was planning to do in the first place. Then “for fun” I’ll be reading people’s blogs and sites catching up with people’s thoughts and ideas that one day I might be able to put to good use.
So in conclusion, people would say that I am a workaholic but in all honesty it’s what I love doing and I’m pretty addicted to it. One thing that I do make sure that I do though is to make time for the kids and they will always be my number one priority.