It is hard to admit but in another life, I could have ended up as an alcoholic or drug addict. This is why it did not happen.
I have a very addictive personality. If something pleasurable comes along, I latch onto it and repeat the behavior. Although I would prefer to believe that everybody is like this, I will just speak for myself here.
Drinking is a part of life and I often feel like the weird guy if I don’t have an alcoholic drink in my hand at a party. It loosens you up, gets you talking and I tended to feel like I was coming out of my shell when I was drinking at parties.
But then morning comes, you have a hangover and you regret your actions the previous night. Luckily I am more catatonic when under the influence of alcohol, so I never hurt anyone but I did say things or make stupid decisions while under the influence. Nothing major, just something that I don’t see in line with who I am.
So why have I reduced my alcohol to nearly zero? One reason is that I have a liver problems that come back once in a while. But I suspect that has a lot more to do with how much sugar I consume.
I have stopped drinking almost entirely because I just value sleep tremendously. I like to work a lot and I now have a small daughter, so time is sparse and sleep is more valuable. Alcohol ruins sleep.
And I can’t even start drinking at all sometimes because I know I will wake up my party goblin and just pour down one drink after another. I won’t pass out or get into a fight. But I will ruin my sleep!
Now that I am happily winning the fight with my party goblin, I now turn to my work and digital goblin.
I have started leaving work earlier and keeping my phone at home when going on family walks but since I work in IT, I don’t think I can imprison my work and digital goblins like I did with my party one.
How do you deal with workoholism and constantly looking at your phone?