A Daily Blog of Family Life in Wisconsin

Separation of Work and Home

Sometimes I feel like I’m never going to change. Damien 2.0 is a lot like Damien 1.0.  But sometimes I see glimpses of a real update.

One area is separating work from home. This is tricky. I am by no means a master of this but I have managed to better separate work life from home life. Not perfectly, mind you. In fact, I’ll be waking up before the rooster crows to finish up one project before work tomorrow.

It wasn’t long ago that I was bringing work home every night. That meant bringing home my entire iMac in a great big box. I was worried that someone would think I was stealing it from work.  After a while I was concerned why no one was thinking I was stealing this computer from work… who brings home a giant computer?

Burning the candle at both ends makes for a lousy candle and very soon you get burned out. I decided to cut my work to the “American work day” (as Dwight Shrute puts it) check out at 5pm. There is just no shortage of things to do but there’s a great difference of weight on the importance scale.  This quote sums it up nicely:

“There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker

Bingo. I’m still learning that. Still learning about Parkinson’s Law, too — that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. And of course Murphy’s Law.

And of course, Therese’s Law… Not really a law but it ought to be and I quote it in this blog often so I remember it:

“Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what You want me to be – and becoming that person.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux

So, yeah. Damien 1.5 ain’t too shabby.