The Key to Avoiding Workaholism Is Just Being Present

The Key to Avoiding Workaholism Is Just Being PresentHeather Baker was always driven, but somewhere along the way, she went from “going the extra mile” to a full-blown workaholic. The founder and CEO of TopLine Comms, a London-based digital marketing agency, said it took a health scare to get her to take a step back and reprioritize her life. Baker began doing yoga, meditating and reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by leadership consultant Greg McKeown. A member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization since 2012, Baker offers this advice to entrepreneurs who don’t give themselves a break:

“Read Greg McKeown’s book. Being grounded allows me to be fully present in the moment and helps keep me focused on the task at hand. On those days when I’m not as vigilant about meditating or being grateful, I find I worry more and don’t get as much done. In yoga, they tell you to stay on your mat. The fastest way to become overwhelmed is to compare yourself to someone else, especially if that person is further along on the journey than you are.”

Related: Why Mindfulness Is the Ultimate Habit for Success


This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

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Cecilia Meis is a full-time writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. Besides SUCCESS, her work has appeared in Time Out Dallas, Rewire, Healthline and others. Outside of work, she plays beach volleyball, attempts home cooking and is ardently working toward making her cat, Nola, Insta-famous.

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