keeping balance

Posted on Monday 26 February 2007

sense :: smell // black tea

Something that’s particularly difficult for me is making sure I manage some kind of werk/life balance. I know it sounds kind of hokey, but I struggle with not checking my Blackberry pretty often, and not logging into my werk email from home out of curiosity just to make sure my morning is a little easier when I get into the office. It’s pretty difficult to swear off of work email before bed, but I think I’m getting there. I stumbled on this article on leaving werk at werk, and it really resonated with me for a number of reasons.

We already try to keep our grousing about werk to on the way home from the train station and a bit while making dinner, but after dinner is made, bets are usually off and we’re in de-stress mode and not talking about werk anymore, even if we had a particularly bad day. I like that a lot, because it gives us both the opportunity to vent a bit about how our days went and the inevitable stupidity of our clients and/or colleagues, and then we’re all done. I particularly like the idea of blocking off time where you simply don’t work at all – I used to be of the staunch mindset that checking my email to clean it out before bed makes for an easier and more relaxing morning, especially if you get some emailing out of the way before bed. Still, it makes for more stressful nights in general, and not necessarily easier mornings. I’m learning to use my Blackberry as a tether that I extend when I choose to the office, instead of a chain that keeps me connected at all times.

Someone in another thread over at LifeHacker pointed out that if your Blackberry is a ball and chain to your werk, then you’re using it wrong – it’s supposed to be a tool to give you MORE freedom, the freedom to do werk wherever you go, to “work from home” while in the park or while downtown grabbing a latte or out to brunch with your sweetie. The goal is to be MORE free and portable, being able to be in an art gallery enjoying an exhibit and look down quickly to check and see if any fires started while you were “out.” It’s all about balance, and the mindset that helps you keep it. I like that, and I’m going to work towards it, I think.

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