Are you in ‘workaholic purgatory’?

You are if you spend more time whispering sweet nothings to your BlackBerry instead of your family and friends.

You are if you spend more time whispering sweet nothings to your BlackBerry instead of your family and friends

For those of us in the communications field, being in constant communication with our colleagues and the office can lead to “workaholic purgatory” (which is different from “workaholic hell.” When you’re in “workaholic hell,” you remember the security guard’s anniversary and forget your own).

I personally put myself into the workaholic purgatory category, because I never go into the office on weekends. Instead, I let the office into my house via my laptop. The nice thing about that, of course, is that your laptop doesn’t ask you to bring back a latte if you happen to go to Starbucks. On the downside, you spend your entire weekend working.

The main suspects in the theft of my weekends are IM, which is short for instant message, and that insidious little device the BlackBerry. Let’s call IM and the BlackBerry the Time Thieves (you can add the science fiction theme music of your choice here. Personally, I’d go with the theme music to Dr. Who).

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