If you know me very well, you know I’m a bit of a workaholic. I am very committed to my day job and usually have a project or two going in my spare time. The truth is, I’m not usually very happy if I don’t feel that I’m accomplishing something worth accomplishing. There are exceptions to that though, and they usually come when I take a bit of time off of work. I had some of those thoughts when I took a few days away from work and the blog back in August/September. I’m having even more of them as I partied it up in Vegas with old friends and new last weekend.
The problem with time off for me though is that it often comes with quite a bit of guilt. There’s so much I want to accomplish in life and it just doesn’t seem right when I engage in the non-productive things that I enjoy. I usually have a list of things I’d like to get accomplished over the weekend and putz around at them while sprinkling in a little TV or a night out. At the end of the weekend I feel like I’ve accomplished less than I intended and that I didn’t really have much fun, because even when I was out I was thinking about work.
As I’ve been thinking about it the past few days though, I think I am coming around to a version of the old work hard / play hard mentality. I think I’m going to try setting aside some time for play where I REALLY play. I mean weekends in places like Vegas, nights out on the South Side where I don’t fret about the next day, and even an hour here or there where I watch a TV show without having the laptop open. Then when I’m working though, I work. I put off personal phone calls till the end of the day. I don’t read the sports section at lunch. I think this may help me enjoy my fun a little more and still feel fulfilled about the work I’m getting done.
I know a lot of the people that read this blog have kick-ass careers and manage to enjoy life too, so I’d be happy to hear thoughts in the comments.