is my work/life balance keeping me sane, ruining my career, or both?
in honor of labor day, this months #architalks subject is work/life. to preface my situation; i am a licensed architect of two years, have a job i love with a wonderful firm. i'm not married and don't have any children. i do have a long distance girlfriend, which is about the only factor i have in my own personal work and life equation. i live two blocks from my office which makes for a wonderful and short walk everyday and also allows me to quickly stop by the office when i need to put in some extra time in on a project.
in general i'm very happy with the balance i've been able to achieve. i work from 8 to 6 everyday. when i'm at work i focus on the projects at hand, and when i'm at home i try not to have anything from the office interrupt my personal time. when work takes priority, i'll stay later or get in earlier. if a project requires me to work on a weekend, i'll make time for it. that being said, if my personal life takes priority i'll let it. thankfully my office let's us take 'flex' time for those situations and will even let you work from home if need be. during working hours i'll take breaks to socialize with coworkers over a cup of coffee and sometimes when i'm out with friends i'll be thinking of a project, however for the most part i have my work life from 8 to 6 and my personal life filling anything after.
one change i made a few years back at a previous firm was not having my work e-mail sent to my phone. i was getting e-mails from clients and bosses from all hours of the night, which would immediately send me into a panic reading it. i decided to keep all 'work' communication on my 'work' computer, during 'work' hours. we're not doctors, we're architects. in the years i've been working, very few times has a situation happened which could be fixed in the middle of the night. this has relieved a lot of stress in my life and has kept my morning commute peaceful.
that is my work/life balance.
discussing this months topic with co-workers i explained my balance. oddly enough one said,
"you'll never advance in this career with a balance like that."
is that true? do i have to be willing to work at any hour, in any situation, in order to advance in my career? do i need to answer e-mails at midnight to succeed? is handling all my business during an 9 hour day not enough? do i need to be constantly thinking about work in order to be good at work?
can one have a good work/life balance and still be successful?
more than any other previous topic i'm looking forward to the stories, experience and advice from the other bloggers in the #architalks network.
take some time and read other blogs from architects talking about their work/life balance, and if you have any advice for me, please leave a comment. is my work/life balance keeping me sane or ruining my career?
other blogs in this months #architalks
Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Work | Life - Different Letters, Same Word
Matthew Stanfield - FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Work / Life : Life / Work
Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Work/Life...What an Architect Does
Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
The One Secret to Work - Life Balance
Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
work | life :: dance
Mark R. LePage - Entrepreneur Architect (@EntreArchitect)
Living an Integrated Life as a Small Firm Architect
Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Collier Ward - Thousand Story Studio (@collier1960)
Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
what makes you giggle? #architalks
Jes Stafford - Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect)
Tuning It Off
Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Work/Life -- A Merger
Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks: Imbalanced and uninterrupted
Amy Kalar - ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)
ArchiTalks #12: Balance is a Verb.
Michael Riscica - Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
I Just Can’t Do This Anymore
Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
An Architect's House
brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Brady Ernst - Family Man Since 08/01/2015
Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Father, Husband, Architect - typically in that order
Sharon George - Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Work = 1/3 Life
Daniel Beck - The Architect's Checklist (@archchecklist)
Work Life Balance: Architecture and Babies - 5 Hints for Expecting Parents
Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
Work is Life
Anthony Richardson - That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)
studio / life
Lindsey Rhoden - SPARC Design (@sparcdesignpc)
Work Life Balance: A Photo Essay