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Success S av v y Work Woes K aroshi…that’s Japanese for “death by overwork.” Turns out Japan is one step ahead of us when it comes to recognizing the risks of work addiction. Sure, we all joke sometimes about being workaholics — but the truth is that real workaholism is a terrible problem. There’s a whole world of very serious risks that go along with being a workaholic, from failed marriages and neglected relationships to increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and ulcers. If you think you might be losing track of that all- important “work hard and play harder” balance, here are tips to help you get it all back into focus. Get Moving One of the first things workaholics start neglecting is that other important work: working out. Not only is exercise vitally important for maintaining your health, it also keeps you sane if you’re spending 60+ hours a week at your desk…or working from home once you punch out. Develop a daily exercise routine and stick to it. You wouldn’t cancel a real appointment, would you? Say No Part of the reason workaholism is so dangerous is that it’s often encouraged and/or expected. Learn how to say no to additional projects when your plate is already full. Worried about looking bad in front of the boss? Think how much worse you’ll look when you take on more than you can handle and end up handing in shoddy work you threw together while overwrought and exhausted. Under- promise and over-deliver. Business 101, people. Safe Waters Being only minutes away from the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park allows us to participate in a variety of watersports that are available to us year round. While out on jetskis, boats or other watercraft, vessel operators are often stopped by marine patrol officers who perform a safety inspection aboard. At various times a boating citation is issued to the operator. It’s important for operators to be aware that boating violations often carry a criminal charge and will result in the violator being given a criminal record. If you are a recipient of a boating violation, always verify that the citation was properly recorded. Our office has seen numerous cases where a boating citation issued for a minor civil penalty resulted in the operator receiving a criminal record due to the citation being improperly recorded as a misdemeanor. A clerical error that creates a misdemeanor record could have very serious implications on job applications, credit applications, or even getting approval from an association to live in a condominium. You can check your citation and verify that it was recorded properly by looking it up at the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts website at Miami-DadeClerk.com. If there was an error in the way the infraction was filed, you may request to have the ticket properly recorded. Just Disconnect What’s the first thing you do when you wake up on a Sunday morning? If it has to do with work, you might have a problem. Ever thought of cracking open a newspaper, or even better, flipping through a paperback instead of checking your Inbox? God invented the weekend for a reason: human beings need a day off. Force yourself to spend at least one day a week doing absolutely nothing. Don’t worry — it won’t take you long to get used to it. Just don’t make it a habit. 22 T he professionals at the Law Office of Adorno, Damas, & Associates P.L. serve clients throughout South Florida. Their team is always available for further information on this topic and other areas of law. To set up a meeting to discuss your options and ways they can help, call 305.381.9999. For more, visit AdornoDamasLaw.com.