How to tell if you're a workaholic

(WXYZ) - Eda Kalkay had everything she needed to walk down the aisle... the dress, veil, flowers and her blackberry!
 Yes, her blackberry. Eda is such a workaholic she worked on her wedding day and then tried to tuck her smartphone into her dress so you didn't miss a call or email.

"My wedding planner removed it," Eda explains. "I'm glad he did, but I probably would have been more secure with it with me."

Eda characterizes herself as an "engaged workaholic," a new term for people who work long hours because they love their job and they want to stay ahead.

"The economy today is really adding an entirely new fever or pressure to the workforce," Eda admits.

Whether you like your job or not, everyone's feeling that. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo sees it in her practice.

"There's this perception that if I lose my job, I'm never going to get a job again, and that makes people more of a workaholic."

But some experts says the constant connectivity of smartphones is causing more people to become workaholics because they can't fully "escape" work. The days of working from "9 to 5" and separating work and family life are long gone. For many, it's all bleeding together.

Are you a workaholic?

So how can you tell if you're a workaholic? Researchers have developed a new scale to help you figure it out. Some of the questions include How often do you...

  • Hear others tell you to cut down on work?
  • Become stressed if you aren't working?
  • Think of how you can free up more time to work?
  • Spend less time enjoying leisure activities because of work?    

Business owner Michael Monette is up before dawn each day. He rejects the label "workaholic," saying he's a "lifeaholic."

"I mean is it work when you're doing the things that provide a living for many people, for your own family, their future?"

Dr. Lombardo says however you juggle this new working world, make time to fully focus on what's important to you outside of the office.

"We're constantly multi-tasking and we think that's okay. The problem is it takes us away from truly enjoying those experiences that we're having," Lombardo says.

Experts suggest if you want to cut back on working after hours, set limits for yourself. For example I'm going to work from 8-to 9 pm... and then stop!

Some companies have recognized the extra stress constantly being connected can create and are now enforcing downtime like certain nights and vacations where employees have no contact with the office.

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