OK, guys, I’m going to say it here and get it on record:
I really dig my new gig.
I’m going on the record with this because while I am insanely energized by it, the work is completely overwhelming and it is easy to forget the good stuff and start complaining. So while I reserve my right to complain, the reality right now is that I’ve not enjoyed my work like this in a long, long while.
It feels awesome, right? Remember the last job — perhaps it’s the one you have right now — that you felt excited about and how energizing that feels. How while nothing is perfect and there are always issues and challenges and endless ups and downs, when you are into what you’re doing it all seems more bearable. That’s where I am right now.
Of course, this is my honeymoon period at work. I’ve been there for all of three weeks and while it feels much, much longer (and in terms of hours I’ve put in, it is, in fact, a lot longer), it’s just the beginning. And in this initial period, not only am I completely digging what I do and not only am I completely head over heels about my team and what we’re trying to build, I also have an insane amount of work.
For the first time in a long while I find myself looking at my work/life imbalance in a whole different way: I have a lot of work and I really want to be doing it. I also have a family and a kiddo I really really really want to be spending time with and lots of it. What I am finding is that having both work I love and family I love and want to be with is both a slightly easier work/life juggle and a slightly harder one than when my work is just, you know, work.
On the one hand, having work I love means that when I am doing it, I feel good. Tired (exhausted, actually), and yes, really overwhelmed, but overall, energized and fulfilled. This means I am in a better mood when I get home and when I hang with my family crew I am in much higher spirits and therefore, I’m fairly certain, a much better mom and more fun to be around. What they say about work being a huge contributor to your happiness or unhappiness is really true.
On the other hand, because I am really into my work and I have a ton of things I want to be doing that have to do with it, I find myself having a harder time shutting down the computer and cutting it out while I am home. This doesn’t effect my kiddo or husband so much, since on weekends or at night when our daughter is awake the computer stays off. But it does affect me because I find myself working late (VERY late) into the night and even when I get into bed, my brain continues to buzz with work related ideas and to-dos. This is no good and I can see burnout coming fast and furious.
I know everything comes in waves and this is my work-is-great-so-I-want-to-be-doing-lots-of-it wave, but I’m curious: What do you do when work you enjoy threatens to take over more of your life than you’d like?