The work-life balance is a strange beast. Finding the right fulcrum between knowing how and when to switch off as well as actually doing your job to the best of your ability is almost mythical at this point. Can it actually be done or is this illusive ‘balance’ just a motivational tool we chase but never grasp?
I’m of the opinion that it all comes down to compromise. You have to sacrifice something to make room for another. Sometimes this means cutting out a little bit early but more often than not, it can mean staying at your desk after-hours to go the extra mile. From the outside this would be examined as the behaviour of a workaholic.
But maybe that’s okay! The term ‘workaholic’ often gets a bad rep for someone who prioritises work over the rest of their life. While this is sometimes true, there are specific circumstances where you should never apologise for putting work first in your life – whether you’re a workaholic or not says The Muse.
1. When a deadline is looming
Sometimes work can come like buses, all at once and mostly full of people you don’t want to talk to. When short deadlines are on the cards, a big push and burning the midnight oil might be necessary to get what needs to be done, done.
2. When your holiday is just around the corner
When a holiday period is coming up, you’ve got to cover your tracks in order to avoid panicked emails from your co-workers as soon as you hook yourself up to your hotel wi-fi. You should be able to take time off without leaving a part of yourself at your desk.
3. In a sink-or-swim situation
At some point in your life you will have to work on a project or presentation that could change the state of your career forever. In these moments you can’t just dismiss the urgency with worries that you’ll come off as a workaholic. Screw the judgements and do everything you can to be the best you, you can be.
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4. When there’s an end-goal in sight
When you’ve been working on a project for a long period of time, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is the best motivator. When there is a finite amount of time on a ridiculous work routine, it’s okay to spend a little too much time on your career. Keep reminding yourself and everyone affected by your time management that it will pay off in the end!