Keep Things Simple….Take Your Work Home

It’s been a while since I posted anything and for that I sincerely apologize. This past year has been extremely trying as I struggled to find my way. As a professional with nothing but the strictest of work ethics, I found myself floundering like a fish out of water. When most people were ringing in the New Year with anticipation and jubilation I was being rushed to the Emergency Room with the worst health scare of my life.

After 6 touch and go days of laying in a hospital bed I was finally allowed to come home. But I was a different person. I no longer had the energy or drive of a Twenty Something. But as the next few months passed and I grew inpatient with the doctor ordered bed rest, I had plenty of time to contemplate my life, personal and professional. What I realized was that I no longer wanted to be the power player I had been. I wanted to enjoy my family and community.

I have always been the type of person to bring work home with me and thankfully we live in an age of technology where I could do my job from anywhere at anytime. So instead of doing a little of my work after the kids went to bed as I had a tendency to do, I had been forced to bring ALL of my work home with me. And guess what, I liked it. I found that I was less stressed and spent more time with the family than any other professional I know, while still putting in 50 – 60 hours a week.

Technology and a forced situation had given me a new outlook on how to stay successful. Granted my calendar seemed fuller, but it was spotted with entries like:

Pick kids up from school
Start dinner
PTA Meeting
Conference Call
Social Management
Kids Doctors Appointment
Webex Training
Article Deadlines
Play date with son’s friend from school
Watch the News
Date Night

The point being that by completely integrating my two lives has made me a happier person. So don’t be afraid to bring work home with you. Track your hours in the beginning until it becomes routine and in no time at all you will see that work and home life are one and the same. So break the chains of your traditional work day. You’ll thank me for it, I guarantee it!

Michael Harris – Arzon
The Simplistic Professional