As I continue on my professional transformation, I've challenged myself with many, many new work projects. All are important and interesting to me and now I have to remind myself not get so focused on these new things that I take too much of life for granted. Just as I suggest that communications with both your boss and family are important for a balanced work-life, constant thinking and self-awareness are equally important. And that is where I am right now.
My work projects challenge me with:
- the important vs. the urgent (thank you Stephen Covey)
- what I want to do vs. what I don't really want to work on (but I should)
- what I have to get done now (thank goodness for deadlines)
- what I know I need to get done, but can let slide
It's really human nature at work. I can waste time in many ways, just as I can be productive in many ways. Constant awareness of all aspects of my new Work is critical here.
I then have to temper all this with Life. I don't want it to just happen. Before being an empty-nester (and work-at-home retired person), life needs were right out there. It was, for the most part, based around the needs of our children and some of the more basic life needs such as eating, cleaning, etc.
So what are the nuances of life now?
- Projects (both separate and with my wife)
- Together time, family, etc.
And this empty nest thing doesn't mean no kids. My daughter is about a half-hour away and we are fortunate to be able to spend time with her. My son is across the continent starting his new life in the National Parks Service. And they both have needs that my wife and I try to address.
Strange—I thought we were done with that!