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Do you work
too much?

Take our quiz to find out.

It’s 9 p.m., and you’ve been bent over your desk for hours. You haven’t even eaten dinner. Finally, you finish your project and breathe a sigh of relief.

At last you can relax and do something fun. But just as soon as you finish your project, you realize that rather than quitting for the night, you’d really feel more satisfied by just moving on to the next task on your work list. Whatever you used to consider “fun” just doesn’t seem interesting anymore.

If this sounds a bit like you, you may be developing the habits of a workaholic, offers Bob Rosner, author of The Boss’s Survival Guide and a consultant who helps businesses create a more engaged workplace. “It’s not healthy to be so single-focused,” Rosner cautions. “In order to do meaningful work,” he says, “you have to take part in a variety of activities outside of the office and let your brain get enough rest, so when you do come to work, you’re able to engage and be creative.”

It’s one thing to be a hard worker, but quite another to be so focused on work, you stop caring about anything else. Answer these questions to find out if you’re exhibiting the symptoms of workaholism, or if you’re on the brink of becoming a workaholic.

1. You wake up with a really bad sore throat, a pounding headache and the chills. It’s just a typical Monday at work. You’re likely to:

B. Call in sick, of course. No one wants to be around a sick person, and I need to rest.

M. It depends on how sick I really am. If I can fake it and get through the day, I’ll go in. But even if I stay home, I’ll most likely work part of the day.

A. Go to work. I really can’t afford to skip a whole day, even if I’m sick.

2. You’re going out on a special anniversary date and have told colleagues you won’t be available. At 8:30 p.m., you receive an urgent email from a co-worker. How do you respond?

A. I will definitely read and respond to the email before the end of the evening.

B. I likely won’t even see the email because I won’t be checking.

M. I may notice the email and read part of it, but likely won’t respond until the next day.

3. It’s Sunday, and you’ve promised your loved ones you won’t work. But when no one is home, you sneak in a few hours. Later, when asked about it, you conveniently hide the fact that you worked.

B. I would never do this.

M. I have hidden work occasionally, but not often.

A. I do this all the time.

4. When was the last time you told your boss “no” because you honestly thought you were overloaded and couldn’t do what he or she asked?

A. Are you kidding? I have never said no to a work assignment.

M. Occasionally I tell my boss that I can’t take on a new request.

B. I have no problem being frank about my workload and my well-being.

5. You’re spending the day at the beach with family and friends. How often will you think about your work during the day?

A. I will constantly be thinking about my work. It’s just how I operate 24/7.

M. My work will pop into my head once or twice, but it won’t necessarily be my focus unless I have a specific issue going on.

B. Rarely. I know how to put work aside and relax.

6. The last thing you do most nights before drifting off to sleep is:

B. Talk to my spouse/partner or read leisure material.

M. It depends. Occasionally I’m on my smartphone or reading work documents, but not always.

A. Check email or work materials.

7. When it comes to being satisfied about my work and the quality of my work:

A. I don’t believe you can ever really be satisfied because then you become complacent and don’t advance in your career.

M. I am somewhat satisfied, but it’s not too often that I allow myself to feel satisfied by my accomplishments.

B. I am mostly satisfied with my work and my accomplishments so far.

8. When I hear about a co-worker putting personal goals ahead of work, such as taking extended time off to go on a month-long excursion, I think:

M. Wow—good for them, but I could never do that myself.

A. That’s just wrong. How can someone devalue work to put his or her personal goals first?

B. Great! I’m happy for the person and inspired by his or her achievements.

9. If I’m really honest about it, my work and commitment to my job:

A. Negatively impacts my personal relationships.

M. Sometimes affects my relationships, but it balances out because I’m able to keep commitments to loved ones when it counts.

B. Has little impact on my personal relationships.

10. You’re super animated and excited in a conversation with someone. Chances are:

A. You’re talking about your work. What else could you be talking about that would make you so excited?

M. You’re probably talking about something related to work, but it’s possible you’re discussing something else.

B. You could be talking about any number of things, including your family or hobbies.