Today it is 6:30pm and I’m still at work. Which I suppose by most people’s standards isn’t too late, except I got in at around 7:30am and I have at least another 30 minutes of work to do and this is a regular occurrence for me.
For the past few years I’ve had a hard time with my work/home balance. See as a graduate student and a post-doctoral researcher, this balance didn’t really exist. You were expected to spend your whole life working. Work and home were the same thing. You ate, drank, breathed, became your research. And that was fine… for those 7.5 years I did it.
But now I have a “real job” and have had it for 2.5 years now. And well, now, I want a separation between work and home.
I want to come home and not think about what I have to do the next day. Not work on lecture notes. Not grade papers. Not read journal articles. Not… well… work.
So this year I’ve tried to adopt the policy that work gets done at work and home gets done at home. Which is fine… except now instead of leaving at a “normal hour” and accepting that I’ll have some work to do at home, I leave later and later as I try to get everything done before I get home. Mr Woodpecker is exceptionally forgiving of my coming home at 6pm… 7pm… but when 8pm rolls around his stomach really starts to complain.
But then when I do get home I get 3-4 hours of uninterrupted time with him. No worries about work or my day.
But I get less time with him in the evening. And that’s just a bummer.
It feels like either way I lose. I lose time when I’m with him or my home life becomes my work life.
Am I the only one who has this problem? How do you balance your home-life/work-life in a job that doesn’t end at 5pm?