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    It’s an addiction that damages families like those that other addictions do (although the manner of damage caused is different). Unfortunately it’s also a socially approved of addiction.
    And no, I’m not, I work to keep busy and do the best job possible, I refuse to allow anyone to bribe or force me into excessive work hours.

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    Well, I have a hard time not giving 110% when I'm at work. I hate the idea that I might be creating more work for someone else if I don't do enough, and I tend to want to get everything in order and finished before I leave. In that sense I could be (and have been) called a workaholic. It's a combination of feeling responsible and perfectionism, I think. But I've found it pretty easy to drop back at work now that I'm back in school, too. I think I'm pretty singularly-minded about my goals.

    As for "workaholism"... I think it's healthy and honorable to care about your work, and to try to do a good job for everyone's sake, but I don't think that allowing work to eclipse all other areas of one's life is good or should be met with admiration. My mom talks about something called the "Law of Diminishing Returns", meaning that once you hit a certain point, your yield quality starts to decrease despite continuous input - in application to this situation, there's only so much quality worktime you can put in before you need to get some rest and do something else. I think it's best to keep a perspective of what your priorities are and what you're willing to sacrifice, and how to maintain a happy balance. Maybe you could decide to stay late at work one night but then the next night you could go home early and take your spouse out to a nice dinner. Whatever you choose, be aware of what you're choosing and what you're giving up.

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    Re: Law of Diminishing Returns, I have a poor relationship with my tolerances and get really into striving to expand them, as in competing with myself. Work is just one thing; this drive is present when I'm doing anything at all. There's good in that, but it can become harmful workaholism if it's about refusing to accept the limits of what you're made of - that is, yourself as a being with sensitivities as well as strengths. It's much more about that for me than impressing anyone.
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    Yes I am. I am a perfectionist. I wont stop till the job is done right. Even if it's something I hate. I am not comfortable with "good enough" most days.
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    Yes. Even though I have a job that isn't my career, I would never take a vacation.
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    No, it's rarely worth it in terms of financial rewards, and I also enjoy my freedom during my free time. I'm more about "always busy doing something in my daily life" - similar to what EJCC said.
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    No. When I have a job, I can be neurotic about doing it well and about not letting anyone down, but otherwise, I mostly do the least I can and still make ends meet. But if someone does not have a lot of outside responsibilities and doesn't mind working, I don't see anything wrong with doing so. It can't hurt to have something put back for a rainy day.
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    Because I work from home, I have a lot of flexibility so most days, my time management is excellent and I have time for my kids and domestic stuff that needs attention but I have a problem with others thinking doing just enough is good enough. Because of that, I would rather do a lot of work related tasks myself and this creates work load issues for me sometimes. This would be far worse if I still worked in an office because I would have to see more of the - I'm just here for a paycheck and I don't give a shit- mentality.
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    Not even close. I like to do things "right" but I am ok with taking time to get there. Most deadlines are artificial (although corporate SJs obsess over them and actually prefer shit quality over lateness).

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    I hate work....just a great fat lie of living in a world of currency and trade.
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    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
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