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- Achieving Balance
Towards the end of my previous career I became a master at work-life balance.
Having a baby made it easier. I told my boss I had to pick my daughter up from daycare at 5:30 PM everyday because they charge you extra by the minute after that. So he let me go.
But even before my daughter was born, I stopped taking work home. I might check email once or twice, but other than that I spent time with my husband, read books, and wrote poems.
Did I get behind on work? Sure I did.
That’s how I came to the startling realization that most deadlines are arbitrary–a truth I doubt is unique to government work.
If you don’t turn something in by the deadline, half the time no one ever asks you for it. I started making a habit of forcing people ask for things twice, unless it was obviously important or interesting, just to be sure it was work that needed to be done.
This was living the dream of the TGIF lifestyle.
And you know what? It sucked.