Whether we work alone or with thousands of people in an institution, the lesson is consistent.
We believe that working long hours demonstrates what good employees or workers we are. We believe if we stay just a little longer we will get caught up. We believe that one more hour, or two or three, will allow us to answer all of our emails and phone calls.
I fall into this trap often.
The only problem with the above is, there is never enough.
A few years ago I started carpooling, and then van pooling, to help with my one hour commute to work. My group leaves from the highway exit at 6 a.m. sharp and we leave Birmingham at 4 p.m. on the dot. We are accountable to one another. If I am a couple of minutes late, I have to apologize to eight other people in the van. As a result, I’m rarely late when I ride the van.
But when I am accountable only to myself or to my family, it is much easier to stretch the limits and boundaries. Interesting.
Since I started my new job, I’ve ridden the van less and have worked longer hours.
Yes, I understand that we are not robots and there are exceptions.
But the point of setting parameters on work is still worth noting.
How much work is enough for you? And how do you know it?
How do you know when to say enough, and have a life outside of work? What is a healthy view of our work and how much time we devote to it?
Will you share with me how you do it in the Comments below?