Hectic. That is one word you could use to describe my last two weeks. I have taken 1 day off in the past 15 days. As I write that sentence, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. There is an ebb and flow to the amount of time I spend dedicated to working and home time.
I don’t believe in work/life balance. I don’t think work and life exist independent of one another. I believe in work/life integration. I only have one life and I need to fit everything I do into that one life. I only have 24 hours in a day. Everything I do must fit in those 24 hours.
I have done a poor job lately of making sure my family gets a piece of that 24 hours. A large majority of my past 2 weeks has been dedicated to The Oak House and making sure everything is getting done. I have held on to some things more tightly than I should have and some things more loosely than I should have. This week will be spent making some much-needed adjustments.
I am actually NOT working at the building today. I am at home with my family all day. There is still some work stuff which needs to be taken care of, but I am going to be within sight distance of my family all day today. Days off need to happen. Days spent with your family need to happen. Dates with your spouse need to happen. If they don’t, you will find yourself without a family or a spouse. At the very least, you will have broken ones. No one wants broken families or spouses.
Work will be there tomorrow. Tyranny of the urgent is no way to live your life. Plan your days off. Schedule time to work out, time for yourself, time for you family, and time for your job. All of those things are important. Make time for them, but dedicate the time needed. Not a minute more and not a minute less.