My home life and work life tend to blend. But should they?
Right now, at about 7pm on a Tuesday evening, I am writing - after checking my e-mail, my Twitter feeds, Feedly, and Facebook page. (Of course this is all after a pretty much full day of work, the commute, grocery shopping, and cooking supper for the LWW, and doing the dishes and making the coffee.) Wrting? Isn't that work? Yes, but...
The thing is, writing, for work or for leisure, for me is like watching football or reading romance novels or scrapbooking is for others. It is my recreation, as pathetic as that sounds. I don't mind reading e-mail from teachers in my district outside of worktime nor responding to it. I hope I impress my boss by replying quickly to the e-mails she sends after hours.
But what I do need remember is that I really should shut off the work thing - sending self-initiated e-mails to co-workers - outside of school hours.
The LWW was unhappy last Sunday that teachers at her school were sending her work requests on the weekend. "Shouldn't I be off on the weekend?" she asked. I agreed - as I forwarded a similar e-mal request for a job to be done to a tech in my department.
So here's the thing: I now pledge not to send work-related e-mails between 6PM and 6AM or on the weekends. Now professional association business, speaking gigs, personal friendships, nagging my kids, blogging/tweeting, and writing rough-drafts for future blog posts are still all on the off hours and off days agenda. But work e-mail - not so much.
I always thought that somehow my dedication to work shown by doing e-mail outside the school work day was a sign of devotion and dedication, but now, not so much. Maybe it's a sign of poor time management skills during the work day?