Brothers & Sisters,
As I sit here on Sunday night writing this reflection I can't help but be thankful that I made it through this week with my mental faculties intact. The first week of school is always an interesting one. Some years are slow and other years it seems like every day you walk into a new issue. This year was somewhere in between but with everything else that is going on with my team this week seemed more stressful than previous years. There are a lot of things vying for my attention right now as far as work is concerned and it's forced me to become very good at separating my work and my life outside of work.
I used to take things home and work on them into the late hours of the night and never carved out time for me which I've found is something I need every day. It's a good bit of recharge that we all probably need but don't want to admit it. I'm certainly a workaholic and don't like letting things linger when I can just be getting them done. So not working at night was definitely a tough transition and one I eased myself into. I often had to talk myself into realizing that the things other than work that I was doing was far more important to my life and well being than any bit of work could ever be.
I don't know if taking your work home with you is a good thing or not. A part of me says that it isn't and your home time is for you. But I completely get why people do it and feel that they have to as well. I've been there and then I realized that I might just be moving faster than my organization does. If that's the case for you, you could identify areas where you could slow down without impeding your work but start carving out more time for you outside of work. Picking up some organized type of activity will almost force you to start thinking this way. For me, it's working on these Philosophy and Theology Degrees. There's no way I'd even pass these classes if I wasn't being smart about managing my time outside of work.
So my friends do you a favor and start making time for your brain, life, and loved one and start realizing that your work will be right where you left when you walk in the next morning.