The Six Habits of a Recovering Work-a-holic

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.”
― Dr. Seuss

I’m motivated, I get loads done and am focused, most of the time. Being super busy is always seen as a good thing. But is it? Especially when you realise that you don’t know how to stop.

Covid-19 has changed so many things in our lives, some are good and some bad. One good thing this crisis has done for me is that it’s forced me to stop and has given me space to think.

Back in March, we had a lovely weekend away in St Albans meeting up with family. After such a lovely weekend I came down to earth with a bump the following week when the true scale of the situation hit me. My workload reduced, forcing me to question why I was sitting at my desk as I didn’t have any work to do. For the next 3-4 weeks I got up every morning and sat at my desk. It took me a while to realise that I didn’t know how to stop working or switch off. I had planned a week off in early May but the idea of a week at home scared me. I didn’t know how to stop work things going around my head.

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Focus and prioritising your creative goals

I have never felt as unsettled and uncertain as now. Over the past month my emotions have been unpredictable, approaching like a wave. One morning, I wake up relaxed and calm without a care in the world. Then, the following day I have feelings of anxiety from a lack of knowledge about what comes next.

I am excited about what the future might hold and the positive changes that I’m sure will happen as a result. I often say I love change and as a result what we are all going through feels like a test. Am I happy to jump in with both feet? What personal changes am I prepared to make? What are the processes that will help me to be open to possibility? How can I support others to come through tough times? How can we all support each other more? There are so many questions, popping up in my head, all the time.

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