This post was inspired by a comment on my 60-Hour Weekend Post made by reader Joss. You can read the comment here.
A few years ago I was more of a workaholic than I am now. (If you can believe that’s possible.)
And because I have ink running through my veins instead of blood, I was delighted to learn that a new Printing Museum was opening in the Los Angeles area and I thought it would be great fun to go.
It was a Saturday and there was no reason not to go.
Except that I had work to do. I always have work to do, it seems, and taking a day off, even though it was a Saturday mind you — I thought at the time that I really should stay at home and get some work done.
But then my partner said something to me that has stuck with me ever since and I use what he said as the criterion when I’m trying to make a decision about whether to do something or not.
Here’s what he said:
“Marty, in 5 years, will you remember your experience at the museum, or will you remember the work you stayed home to do?”
I knew the answer, of course, and I went to the museum.
Here it is, about 10 years later and I still remember, vividly, my experiences that day at the printing museum. What fun that was for me!
And I have no idea what work I was going to do that day that seemed so important.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you neglect your work, but I am suggesting that when you’re faced with a question of working vs. doing something, say, with your family, or attending an event that you’ll remember forever, that you weigh those options carefully before making your decision.
If you’re like most folks, you are always seeking that work/life balance that seems so elusive.
When you are sure about the work you are doing, and you have a daily focus action plan, it becomes a lot easier to make those decisions as they come up.
I’d love to hear if you’ve had any experiences like this, so please talk to me about it in the comments below.
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