The Seven Habits of (Family) Success


You have probably heard of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. As you create balance in your life, think about your own list of success habits.

What seven things would lead to more happiness in your life if you did them every day? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Do something you love doing for at least part of the day.

  2. Get some physical exercise.

  3. Get some mental exercise.

  4. Stimulate yourself artistically.

  5. Stimulate yourself spiritually.

  6. Do something for someone else.

  7. Do something just for fun.

  8. Acknowledge yourself for something you said or did.

What ideas would you add?


What if a person needs more than just self-help in dealing with a lack of balance in work and family life? An organization called Workaholics Anonymous can help.

Workaholics Anonymous is a 12-step recovery program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a “fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from workaholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop working compulsively.”


Ask yourself these questions if you think you might be a workaholic:

1. Are you more comfortable talking about work than anything else?

2. Do you become impatient with people who do things besides work?

  3. Do you believe that more money will solve the other problems in your life?

4. Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop working and do something else?

5. Do you get more energized about your work than about anything else?

6. Do you look for ways to turn your hobbies into money-making endeavors?

7. Do you often worry about the future, even when work is going well?

8. Do you take on extra work because you are concerned that it won’t otherwise get done?

9. Do you take work home with you?

10. Do you work on days off?

11. Do you work while you are on vacation?

12. Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep, or when others are talking?

13. Do you think that if you don’t work hard you will lose your job or be considered a failure?

14. Do you work more than 40 hours in a typical week?

15. Do you work or read while you are eating?

16. Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships? 


For more information about Workaholics Anonymous, write or call:

Workaholics Anonymous

P.O. Box 289

Menlo Park, CA 94026-0289

(510) 273-9253