Feb 24, 2016 11:45 AM EST

Ways To Stay Driven At Work – But Not Turn Into A Workaholic

By R S Ali

Loving your work is one of the best things you can do, because it means your life is dynamic and fun, even the work part. But there is a fine line between enjoying what you do and being obsessed with it.

If you are missing loved ones' important events - birthdays and weddings and funerals, if people need to snap their fingers at you to get your attention because you're always typing away on your phone or your Tab, you need to take a good look at your work ethic.

But if you have crossed over a little to the side of workaholic, do not fear. Use these ways courtesy of The Muse to make sure you cross it right back - but still stay focused and driven, only healthily so.

1. List your priorities

When you've worked hard to get to where you are, you don't want to let it go. And you shouldn't have to. But you should also realize that the people around you - family, friends and the little things - should rank very close to your career if not higher.

Make a list of things most important to you. If it only includes work or is too small, lengthen it. Personal health, projects with your family - all of this can rank on your list.

2. Put relaxing on the schedule

If you're career driven, you very likely have a scheduler and a planner. So use it. Schedule downtime. Schedule spending time with your family and friends and going running. Schedule being relaxed. And then give it the same amount of importance you give to anything else on your planner, because that is only fair.

3. Learn to tell when its time to disconnect from work

So you have an 8 hour work day? No problem. Give it your best when you're at work. Don't get distracted or use your work hours to talk on the phone with a friend or take an extra long lunch to get a massage. Focus on work, and get as much done as you can. But once you are out of the workplace, focus on other things. Turn off your phone if you need to. Make it clear to your superiors that you are unavailable at a given time. 

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