I’m going camping tonight. Just for one night. But for one night I’ll be disconnected from the Internet, away from my cell phone and just hanging out with three of my closest friends. I’ve always found that being able to change your surroundings, even if for a brief period, can be renewing and refreshing. It’s also a great time to both reflect back on what you’ve been doing and look forward to what you want to be doing.
People often talk about the “work / life balance.” I don’t describe it that way since for me, and for many of you, work is life, or at least work occupies a large portion of your life. I describe it as being able to compartmentalize. When changing roles from work to home, it’s important to have the ability to compartmentalize one role for another. I’m referring to the ability to change roles from being a boss or employee or team player at work to being a good boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, friend or neighbor, or whatever the scenario calls for.
All too often people carry their frustrations from one interaction to the next. I’m all for confronting issues and dealing with problems, but when you leave a bad meeting and go to another meeting with a whole new agenda, you need to leave your problems at the door. The same thing applies for when you have a bad day at work and you get home.
I guess another way to put is is… be happy with what you have and remember that tomorrow is a new day.