Being busy and burying your head in work provides a great escape from having to deal with the fundamentals in life such as personal fulfilment, quality relationships and a satisfying sense of direction in life. Many people bury themselves in work and use this as an excuse to bumble along and not deal with more important issues such as their personal relationships and even their own happiness. Work provides a convenient excuse to chug along in automatic mode, it provides structure and a framework and can easily take over your life if you let it.
What most people forget though, is that when all is said and done, very few people wish they had worked longer hours. Most wish they had enjoyed life more.
Very little matters at the end when we are old and decrepit, other than what we gave back and friends and family.