Do you always have an irresistible urge to work regardless of how exhausted you are?

If you love your work so much that you can’t differentiate between working yourself to the bone and passion for the job, you might find it difficult to take a break from the job even when you really need to have one.

Overworking yourself can take a toll on your health and break you down. This is why it is important that you understand how to maintain a good work life balance.

However, if you’re not sure whether you are a workaholic or simply just work a lot, here are questions you need to ask yourself to know whether you’re a passionate employee or a workhorse.

1. Does my job make me happy?

If your job is nit making you happy, it might break you down.

You should be able to enjoy your job even if you work overtime often. If you go through this without grumbling about the situation it probably means you love your job.

But if you’re staying too long at work and you’re still miserable, trust me, you’re a workaholic.

2. Does work invade my personal life?

Do you think about work even when you are at home? (Muse)

Again, if you go home thinking about work without paying attention to yourself and your family or if you can’t just take your mind off work when you’re with friends or at home.

If you begin to feel guilty about not working constantly, I put it to you that you’re a workaholic.

3. Am I hoarding work and not delegating?

Hoarding work and doing it all alone won't make you productive.

If you have the mentality that nobody can perform a task better than you, you are less likely to delegate tasks to any of your colleague even if your desk is overflowing with job tasks.

Doing it all alone will not only reduce your productivity, it can also affect your health.

4. Am I showing a sign of burnout?

You do not have to kill yourself to hit your career goals

Workaholics don’t usually have time to take care of themselves. They live on junk food and pay little or no attention to their health.

Overworking yourself can lead to depression, sleep disorder and exhaustion. If your body is showing these burnout signs, you definitely need a break to take care of yourself.

5. Do I work longer than my colleagues?

Workaholics like to get to work early and leave late.

It is typical for workaholics to be the first to get to work and the last to leave. \

If you are so addicted to your job that you seem to enjoy working late into the night, you should raise your hand if anyone is looking for a workaholic.