A ball and a patch of dirt is all Moroccan kids need to keep things simple.
As you can see from the date of my last post, It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a few thoughts here. I’ve been a bit better about Twitter, but when someone sends a Retweet that says they’re glad to see you back in their stream, it’s time to take stock.
I went back to a full-time communications at the bank that laid me off before my 22-month joint job search/foray into consulting. I learned a lot about myself during that hiatus, but one thing I apparently didn’t learn was how to ratchet back my productivity while trying to balance my work and family life. I’ve actually been fairly good about making sure I get to family activities (and then working after hours to catch up) but the fact remains I’m spending more time on my laptop than I probably should be if I want to stay healthy and avoid burnout.
The thing is, I really enjoyed the part of my social-media life over the past two years that involved building some online relationships, writing blog posts, and beefing up my LinkedIn presence. But I’ve let that slide in the past 2+ months. I’ve had post ideas that would have been great, but never seemed to stop and write. I haven’t read as many posts by other people, or forwarded their tweets, as I used to. I’m embarrassed to say I had to request my WordPress user name beford I could write this post — it’s been that long.
But I’m back today because of a Harvard Business Review post by Gill Corkindale called Detach Yourself From Your Work that stopped me short. It’s worth a read.
Perhaps more important, I’ve done something the past two Friday evenings that has made a serious difference in my attitude. I was coming off two very challenging weeks in the new job but had to get my seventh-grade son to travel-basketball practice. I’m the team’s assistant coach, but I’ve been working from the sidelines lately. Over the past two weeks, I’ve actually put on my shorts and a T-shirt and run with the team in pickup games where we coach on the fly as they play. I’m old, slow, and well past in-shape but it was great and I actually surprised my son (and his teammates) with my ability to run full court without more breaks than anyone else was taking (and I also knocked down a few shots, got some great assists, and played passable defense).
I realized afterward that I hadn’t thought about work for two consecutive hours. Best thing I did all week. While I didn’t avoid the work stuff for the rest of the weekend, it didn’t get the weekend off to the right start.
How about you? What do you do to totally disconnect? I’m not talking about watching TV and hanging out with friends, where talk inevitably turns to work. I’m talking about doing something — alone or with friends or loved ones — that requires a single-minded focus that distracts you from all the other crap.
If you don’t have something like that on a regular basis, come up with something. Soon.