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Quiz: Are You a Workaholic?

Small business owners often burn the candle at any end necessary to get the job done, because it’s their business and more that is on the line. But constant work demands can lead to workaholism. Failing to delegate, staying constantly busy, and prioritizing work over everything else are just some of the symptoms.

Ever wondered if you’re a workaholic? Take this quiz to find out.

1. When faced with a critical task, do you:

a. Handle it yourself, because no one else will do it right.

b. Delegate it to a well-trained staff member.

c. Pass it on to the first person who walks by.

d. Ask someone else to do it, but stay nearby to supervise.


2. When is the last time you took vacation time?

a. Last week, because you manage your PTO so you always get Fridays off.

b. Six months ago, and you took your family on a trip.

c. You haven't had a vacation in six years, and you've banked seven months in PTO.

d. You took time off last year to go to an industry-related conference on your own dime.


3. What do you do for fun?

a. Come up with plans for new businesses.

b. Visit your office during off-hours to check things out.

c. Socialize with friends and family or participate in a favorite hobby.

d. Attempt to do as little work as possible so you can experience life.


4. If you had to prepare a meal for your kids/spouse/best friend, you would:

a. Order pizza and rent a movie.

b. Bail at the last minute, because something came up at work.

c. Make a meal with several items you know the person would enjoy.

d. Grab takeout on the way home from work because you're running late.


5. If asked to describe your office, you would:

a. Give an exact description, because you'd be there regardless of when the question was asked.

b. Provide a detailed description because you spend 10 or more hours a day there.

c. Get the basic dimensions and major items correct.

d. Get excited, because you didn't even know you had an office.


Score Your Quiz

For each question, find the number of points that corresponds with your answer. Add them up to see just how close to a workaholic you really are.


1. a = 4, b = 2, c = 1, d = 3

2. a = 1, b = 2, c = 4, d = 3

3. a = 3, b = 4, c = 2, d = 1

4. a = 2, b = 4, c = 1, d = 3

5. a = 4, b = 3, c = 2, d = 1

Workaholic (14 to 15 points)

You may be facing a serious case of workaholism, which can result in health issues, stress, emotional strain and lost relationships. It takes a lot to run a small business, but make sure what you plan to gain is worth any sacrifice you make.

Check out these tips for managing work–life balance.

Borderline Burner (12 to 13 points)

You have a hard time delegating, and you rarely take time off for yourself. Make a commitment to spend some time on a hobby or with your friends and family this week. Backing off work for a few hours rarely results in a disaster.

Get some help with these “5 Awesome Time-Management Apps.”

Well-Balanced Earner (8 to 11 points)

You're doing a great job juggling home and work life. Sometimes, it might seem like too much, but you manage to keep priorities straight on most days. You also know when to let others help you, which often means less stress and better results for your business.

While you’re already doing a great job with work–life balance, our “Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taking a Vacation from Work” provides some additional tips.

Serious Slacker (5 to 7 points)

You know how to have fun, but you might be letting professional obligations slide. If you own your own business, it could be headed for trouble; if you work for someone else, you might want to check in to make sure you’re meeting your goals. Putting family, friends and life before work is great, but remember that you have to fund your lifestyle, too.

It takes a lot of work to run your own business. To stay committed, be sure you’re fueling your passion.

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