Early into this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, my short Tweet was:
Why do holidays provide automatic permission to focus on the life side of work-life? And what happens to people next week?
And I've been thinking about it ever since.
Tonight concludes one of our busiest and more emotional weekends:
- Thursday was a reasonably small Thanksgiving dinner (15 people) with much joy and reflections on what we were all thankful for.
- Friday was a sad day as we went to the funeral of a dear family friend. The day included a double round trip from Connecticut to Long Island as we offered to bring our daughter down to Long Island to visit with the family after her work day was completed. When back in Connecticut mid-day we visited my wife's father at his assisted living facility. What a tired bunch we must have been with the three of us falling asleep for solid naps!
- Saturday was more family and a great opportunity for eating leftovers.
I did check my work e-mail a few times each day but there really wasn't much there. I expected to see things from my non-American colleagues, but I'm guessing they knew that America would be out of pocket and they took advantage of it.
So we all basically shut down work and focused on life and I was a bit uncomfortable. It seems that I have spent most of my near 32 professional years balancing work and life each and every day and this four-day stretch just didn't seem right. I was itchy and I do want to get back to work. There is so much to do before the year ends and we launch 2010 in January. Classic Type A, eh?
As I was preparing to write this entry and reading my way through the blogosphere and more, I saw a recent blog entry from Chris Brogan that specifically called out taking advantage of this "slack time". I couldn't agree more, although I was either driving, napping or eating turkey.