We're not too far into the new year yet, so if you are interested in claiming an identity other than "Workaholic" -- this may be for you.

As it becomes all too easy to take our work home with us, and as we increasingly look up to business leaders who have striking work ethics, living in a world where we don't constantly think about work almost seems like a laughable idea.

But the truth is, becoming too attached to your work is no laughing matter. Here are some surprising benefits of strategically detaching from what you do for a living:

Curbing addiction -- in more arenas than one

Detaching from work will require you to set boundaries. For example, by deciding not to check e-mail past 8 pm, you are simultaneously deciding to leave your work tasks at the office while decreasing the likelihood of work fatigue and exhaustion. This will do wonders for your physical and emotional well-being. Plus, once you successfully set one boundary and follow through with curbing one bad habit, you may find yourself more successful in other areas of your life you would like to improve on.

Becoming more fully engaged in what truly matters

Out with the old, in with the new, as they say. When you spend less time on being obsessed with your work performance, you can re-prioritize and shift your engagement elsewhere. If you find your social relationships lacking, or desire a stronger bond with your family members -- a little bit of work detachment has a great capacity to serve you well.

Finding a new identity

When meeting new people, we've all heard this question before: So what do you do? If you're tired of your job, there is a good chance you are equally tired of identifying yourself with it. Allowing yourself to become less consumed by work will leave space for you to discover more about yourself, what you're capable of, what activities you like, even who you like to spend time with -- all discoveries that are difficult to make when you spend late nights at the office.

It's not difficult to predict that learning when to take a break from work can help you improve in time and energy management, as well as result in boosted productivity levels. These positives are great on their own, but the more surprising benefits of work detachment may be what keep you practicing detachment in the long run!

Published on: Feb 2, 2018
The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.