I've always been of the opinion that you work to live, not live to work. I embraced that Idea through college where god knows I lived far more than I worked. Unfortunately, I've now found myself in a position where I'm reluctant to take off work because I enjoy it. Maybe I'm lucky or just bat-shit crazy, but I never in a million years thought I'd embrace waking up at 5 am to go into the office or give up some weekends to churn stuff out. Granted, I'm not in banking so I'm not logging crazy stupid hours but I still do my fair share.
Here are some bullets from an HBR article that made me feel slightly better about my thinking
- People who have jobs, rather than careers, worry about work-life balance because they are unable to have fun at work
- Technology has not ruined your work-life balance, it has simply exposed how boring your work and your life used to be.
- Complaining about your poor work-life balance is a self-indulgent act.
- Hard work may be your most important career weapon.
One of the things I've discovered is how I don't flinch at the prospect of working late or weekends and people call me crazy. Hell, some of my friends call me crazy in regards to having work email on my phone and being constantly accessible. They'd never dream of giving up that right. Frankly, I can't imagine not having work email because things don't always happen during normal hours. In fact, the stuff you need to be accessible for, never happens during normal hours. I don't think you can section your life off anymore, especially if your looking to get ahead and move up. Sure, it sucks not being able to go our every night or get home 'in time for dinner' but is that really a huge deal at this point? Anyway. What say you guys? Is balance overrated when it comes to work life and personal life? Can allowing the two to combine to the extreme actually end up making both more interesting and enjoyable?