I am a husband and a new father. I am a partner with an IT staffing firm in Chicago. And I am a millennial, whatever the heck that means.
On a recent Friday night, I met a good friend out for some adult beverages. My phone rang, and I thought about letting the call go to my voicemail. I saw the caller ID and noticed that it was a client of mine who was calling to offer feedback from an interview that I scheduled for him earlier in the day. It was an important call about a software developer opening.
I looked at my friend and grabbed my phone and walked outside so I could take the call. The feedback was great, the client wanted to make an offer, and I thought, “What a good way to close my week!”
I walked back into the establishment with a smile on my face. My friend looked upset and asked, “Do you ever unwind or unplug from work?”
Life is Work — and Work is Life
I have countless examples where something with work pops up during dinner or on the weekend. I have been on vacation with my family and I turn my attention away from what I’m doing for a brief moment. In all reality, the 24/7/365 workplace isn’t a bad thing. I find time to unwind and turn my attention to my newborn daughter or wife, but I believe in a simple saying: “Life is work, and work is life!”
I am lucky to work for an employer who provides workplace flexibility. I’m also lucky to have a wife who understands that I might have to take a phone call in between giving our daughter a bottle and making dinner. With technology, you can get access to your CRM system from your smartphone. You can have an app on your phone that delivers your office voicemail to you. And you can have a laptop with VPN access.
Technology allows you to watch a Bulls game — or be out on the golf course — and still accomplish your goals and meet your deadlines. You just have to be at peace with knowing that your attention might turn toward work after the office door closes and the lights are turned out.
I believe that work and life balance go hand in hand; if you are good at your job, you are likely good at the balancing between your work life and your home life. Thank goodness for technology. Now if I could just build an app to cold call and set meetings for me…
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