Workaholics that Work From Home

Are we workaholics? Do you ever get called that too, even if you work from home? Once you hear my (rambling) thoughts, I’d love to know if you think *I* am a workaholic – LOL. 😛

Are we workaholics? Do you ever get called that too, even if you work from home? Once you hear my (rambling) thoughts, I’d love to know if you think *I* am a workaholic – LOL. 😛

About Lynn Terry

I'm best known online for my Internet Marketing Blog and my Low Carb Diet blog (where I also talk about my fun travel adventures). But there is SO much more to me than work, food & travel. Which is why we're here. ;-) So let your hair down and let's have some REAL fun! *cheers*

35 Responses to “Workaholics that Work From Home”

  1. Kelly McCausey February 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m so with you on all of this. It’s all about doing what I want, when I want 🙂

  2. Traci Knoppe February 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Amen! If someone tells me I shouldn’t or can’t – is usually when I do. 😉 I am a business owner. I’m the boss – which means I have freedom to do what I want, when I want. That’s the main reason I have a Team to help me. 😉

    I have had many folks say to me (my own mother, for example) they could not work from home, they need the structure and accountability of being a j.o.b. Me – quite the opposite. I thrive working at home, and love setting my own schedule and of course, I love what I do.

    • Lynn Terry February 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      Ditto. It works out VERY well for me too. In fact, I’d say the opposite (and I’ve heard that a lot too): “I could not work for someone else.” LOL 😀

      So what do you gals say when someone DOES tell you that you work too much, or calls you a workaholic?? I’d love to hear your typical response – does it ruffle you or make you laugh?? 😉

      • Traci Knoppe February 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

        I KNOW I’m a workaholic. Lazy is not a word that would describe me in any sense. But I don’t get offended by that term. I think of the scripture that says “He who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.” So I think working is a good thing.

        If someone questions my working hours, I tell them that I work hard to earn a decent living for my family. When they start paying my bills – they get a say in how much work I do. 😉

        However, Lynn, what I hear you saying is that folks are using the term workaholic to judge you and your lifestyle – which is not a good thing and they are clearly doing so either from jealousy, or from a viewpoint of ignorance in how you truly live your day-to-day life. Either way, it’s really no ones business but yours. I think it’s the insecurity in people that make them see something they don’t have, or don’t understand, and label it and judge it. 😉

        • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:40 am #

          Good points, and I agree. More often than not, the term is used by someone who is offended that I am not spending more hours with them – LOL. I take it for what it is. 😛

          Still, it’s humorous given the reality of my lifestyle!

          Of course, back when I was in start-up mode (and also when I was in starting over mode lol) I worked my BUTT off. Sometimes 14+ hours a day 7 days a week. Worth every single minute, considering I achieved my objective. 😉

  3. Bridget February 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    As the saying goes, Do what you love and you never work a day in your life. So you aren’t working at all, right?

  4. L.M. February 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I don’t know Lynn….I don’t have this problem (being called a Workaholic).

    It’s the exact opposite for me…..

    “She is unemployed”

    “She doesn’t work”

    “She has no job”

    Building my blogs is not counted as work to a lot of people and it does not seem to matter how much I work, etc. because according to some people, I don’t work.

    Granted, I cannot work outside the home anymore due to medical issues, but it does not mean that I’m sitting at home popping bonbons in my mouth doing nothing all day.

    If I don’t feel good, I rest.

    If I’m feeling better physically, then I’m working on all my sites.

    I don’t even think bringing home lots of $$$ would be enough to convince certain people that I work, let alone that I’m a Workaholic.

    I do think that my brain is in workaholic mode though. I think about my sites constantly, which is frustrating when I’m having dizziness and just cannot work on all the great ideas that I have.

    • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:43 am #

      It sounds to me like you are doing exactly what you need to be doing, exactly how you need to be doing it. I’ve had negative people in my life in the past too, so I know exactly what you mean – and exactly how that feels.

      I ultimately had to cut some “dead weight” in my social circle, which was painful but necessary. If I could offer any advice outside of that, it would be to surround yourself with good friends and positive peers. Fortunately you have a great place to do just that – right here on the web! 😉

  5. Gary February 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Hey Lynn,

    WOW! I LOVE your video! You are a poster girl for exactly my vision back in 2005 of having the freedom to work from anywhere. (and you actually did it)

    Work is NOT a place you go, it IS something that you do… 🙂

    Why not work this way? In today’s world we have the tools to do this. Not only do we have the tools but they continue to get better and at the same time cost less.

    Being on a 24 hour clock gives us the flexibility to live a life of doing what we want when we want. Awesome! 😀

    Managing our bodies and minds is an important ingredient to being able to live this lifestyle.

    You are quite an amazing person to have figured this all out, set your vision and managed yourself (and your family) to be where you are now. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    I was interested and really liked how you are able to manage people and communications in a way so that it/they do not interfere with your forward motion on the path you have chosen.

    Like I said above you are a GREAT example for anyone who wants to enjoy this lifestyle. Having the freedom of working from anywhere on a three hour work week.

    I hope you enjoyed your dinner (and wine) and are having an AWESOME day!

    smiles 🙂

    • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:43 am #

      Thank you Gary 😀 And the wine was a FABULOUS treat! 😉

      • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:44 am #

        p.s. I live in a Dry County, which is why going to the bottle shop is exciting enough to sing about. haha

      • Gary February 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

        Hey Lynn,

        I like it. “Going to the Bottle Shop” . COOL!

        Everybody has their code eh. “going up the hill”, “a visit to the power house” or just “Going North”. our local boys (Brad Oliver and his Rubber Boot Band) sing Brad’s own composition “All the way to Cardigan”. 😀

        Here is a little band history and the words to the song.

        http://vre2.upei.ca/cap/node/369

        It must be a culture thingy. LOL

        smiles 🙂

        • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

          LOL. I think I picked up that term in Australia. They are usually called Liquor Stores here…

  6. Lisa H February 2, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    I totally get it. I’m currently in the phase of getting everything up and running so yes, I work a lot and I’m having a blast! I love what I do and especially the ability to do what I want whenever I want to.

    The thought of a regular, scheduled 9-5 job always gave me stomach cramps, but I don’t think I’d have had the guts to become self-employed if life hadn’t made it impossible for me to do anything else. Like L.M. above I can’t work a regular job for medical reasons, but honestly I’m glad LOL!

    It pushed me to have the courage to live life on my own terms. And it’s the best thing that came out of it!
    As for the workaholic part: “Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” ~ Russell Warren 😉

    • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Great quote!!

      I actually started out with a traditional offline business. And let me tell you – that is hard work and long hours and tons of stress! It was my son becoming ill that forced me to shut down and start working from home. And while it was a VERY difficult time, looking back… it was a turning point to a lifestyle I never dreamed I would have.

      I “blame him” for everything I have accomplished. 😀

  7. Angela Wills February 2, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I remember a couple of years ago my neighbor was talking about what I do in front of me and matter of factly said “She’s a workaholic.” It did really annoy me because she actually had no idea what I do or why I do it.

    I think being a ‘workaholic’ is a problem when it interferes with the things you should be doing in life – like taking care of your body, enjoying family time and raising your kids.

    You don’t seem like a workaholic to me at all Lynn, more like someone who’s created a work-lifestyle that suits her to a T!

    • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Ugh! Did you smack her? LOL 😛

      You’re right. Being a REAL workaholic damages relationships, causes stress and illness, and leaves a void where other things should be to achieve any type of balance or happiness. That is *definitely* not me.

    • Isha February 3, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      If a neighbour said this about me in the presence of other people, my eyebrows would go up and I’d have that look on my face that says, “what a nerve” and then I’d move on. Some people just aren’t worth the time or aggro.

  8. Isobel February 2, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I laughed when you said that having one 3-hour commitment screwed up your week – because that’s exactly how I feel. I HATE being tied down to someone else’s schedule. How can I possibly know in advance how I’m going to feel and what I’m going to want to do at a certain time each week? And why should I compromise that because it suits someone else?

    I do work longer hours than you do, because my business isn’t at the same level as yours (yet 🙂 ) I remember your “25th hour” thread in Mark Farmer’s forum – that was so inspirational to so many people! And it’s because of the actions you took then that now you can work as and when you please. You became my role model then and you still are 🙂

    Who cares what other people think of your work schedule? Most of them are probably jealous that they’re tied to one that they didn’t choose. It’s their way of life that’s unnatural, not ours!

    • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      So true! And gosh, that thread, what a blast from the past! 😉 I’ll have to look back on that… I have a hard copy here somewhere.

      Yes, a packrat I know, but a sentimental one. 🙂

  9. Judy February 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    I agree with you Lynn, appointments are constricting. I work a lot but don’t really consider it working. I don’t consider myself a workaholic either. I like being able to work whenever I want and to go out shopping and doing errands when everyone else is working – especially during the holiday season. I don’t miss the crowds! I like to go shopping and breeze through the store without having to wait much.

    • Lynn Terry February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Me too, Judy! I love going to movie matinees, lunches at 2 in the afternoon on a weekday, shopping on Thursday morning, etc. Weekend outings are for REAL workaholics. LOL. 😛

  10. Isha February 3, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    …and it wasn’t even spam – it was your own track-back. Ouch, my shame…

    • Lynn Terry February 3, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      LOL I spammed myself 😛 haha you cracked me up this morning!! 😀 Trackbacks are a great way to connect related content… when they’re legit. 😉

  11. Robert Nelson February 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    I agree with the comments that if you are enjoying what you do it isn’t work and by definition you can’t be a workaholic then.

    Anyone who alleges you are one is probably jealous, maybe envious and certainly aren’t getting the whole picture when it comes to you.

  12. Jedha February 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    LOL Lynn I love it! Especially the part about never wanting to commit to appointments and how it drives you crazy! Live life on your own terms…Love it 🙂

    • Lynn Terry February 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      Exactly 😉

      Funny how I rambled in this video and came around full circle, haha. But regardless, I LOVE what I do, and love HOW I do it! 😀

  13. Monja July 22, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    lynn, i couldn’t agree more. i love, breath, and live my job so if anyone calls me a workaholic i take it as a compliment and would even more when i were as successful as you ;0)

  14. Isha February 3, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    SPAM

    I have a flat bottom too 😉

  15. Isha February 3, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Aw, sorry Lynn – please delete this and my last comment – I didn’t mean to hit the “Leave comment” button for that one!

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