Work & Leisure
I never quite got the whole work & leisure separation.
I’ve always been working on things that I love – from running Cyberpipe program to working at TV station and now at Zemanta (and lots of things in-between). For me it does not feel natural not to bring work home and home into work. I would argue that’s how it’s been historically and that strict separation of work and leisure/family time is the invention of industrial age and thus not necessary something entirely natural.
Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean I work 24×7. I need to get “quiet time” when I just read a book lying on the beach or mountain hike with a girlfriend without thinking one tiny bit about work. However it’s also entirely ok to get a fantastic idea at the mountain top, pull out your mobile and send it in an email to a co-founder. Or simply finish debugging a project on Saturday morning when no-one bothers you and you can achieve maximum focus.
On the other hand I don’t have problems breaking work time with personal matters. I would love to be able to eat lunch at home a few days a week. I was used to family lunches when I was growing up – luckily parents worked close enough to home, so they could get home many days a week to have a family lunch at 2 or 3pm.
Now I am not sure my work & leisure mix will stay the same during all my life, but right now it’s looking pretty interesting.
When you clock out of work, do you leave your email behind as well? If so, you’re definitely in the minority. A recent survey of 543 business execs by ad agency Gyro and Forbes Insights found 98% of such workers check email during their “off” time.