The Work/Life Balance in High Pressure Times

September 13, 2012 at 7:01 am | Posted in Career Moves | Leave a comment

The other day I was talking to my friend who was very stressed out at work and felt that her boss was giving her a particularly hard time.  I sat there and listened to her and could hear my own voice echoing in her own words.  Many of us have felt like this before, whether or not it is a reality.  Somehow this particular human interaction, perhaps more so than others, leads to a lot of mixed messages and emotions that may seem less than professional, but we are human, so sometimes it is hard to not take things personally.

So what I told her is what I always tell myself in these situations.  If you feel like your boss is giving you a particularly hard time, it’s because he/she knows you can handle it.  He/she knows that you are a solid employee with great potential and will only get better with a little pressure. I find this thought motivating even in the toughest times.

So when my boss asked me to pull off 3 business trips in the weeks leading up to my wedding, I got completely overwhelmed. Heck, I’m still overwhelmed, but I have taken the challenge.  With trip 1 behind me and the second done by the end of today, I’ll be more than halfway to meeting that goal, and I know I will be able to power through, because at this point that’s all I really can do.  With only weeks left until the big day the pressure is on.  A lot is being required of me both personally and professionally and I am walking that line carefully between work and life.

My colleagues may say I care too much, that I should be taking more time off, that this time is really important for me.  I can’t say that I don’t agree.  But I don’t have an on/off switch when it comes to caring for my job.  I don’t like to leave things in flux.  I want to make sure that when I leave for my honeymoon, I’ve left my department in the best shape possible.  My work is something that I value, something that I am good at, and while it doesn’t define me in its entirety, it’s a huge part of who I am.

So I will power through this. I may be exhausted, but I know I’ll come out stronger on the other side, after a nice long relaxing honeymoon.

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