You may remember a pretty recent post about “unplugging” where I discussed my issues with technology effecting my personal life, and my struggle to be present. (If you missed it, check it out here!) That got me thinking about how it effects my work life and I decided to discuss the topic with my friend Benjamin Stafford, a Ph.D. student at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and the creator of the blog sine.over.cosine. His blog is self described as a “discussion amongst friends on the world of work”, I have submitted ideas for posts before, so I sent him this:
“I guess what I’m trying to explore is, now that having a phone/email in your pocket 24/7 is a universal norm, how does it effect your professional life and how do you unplug on your days off without coming across as lazy or uncaring, and is someone who never unplugs a better employee/manager because they’re always available? Let me know what you think! Thanks!”
It couldn’t have been a more opportune time, because it turns out that Ben was working on a series on work-life balance! So far there are three parts: Demands and Domains, Employer Solutions, and Workaholics and Balance In Small Business…Guess which part I contributed to? Yeah, the Workaholic one. As my tagline says I am just a workaholic in domestic bliss, I’m lucky enough to love my job, but that makes it all the more difficult to find a good balance between my personal and professional life, especially when technology makes me available 24/7.
See what I have to say over at sine.over.cosine and tell Ben I sent you!