Good morning engineers.
Good Morning! Here is an excerpt from what you are about to read. This is deeply personal, and meant as much for me as for you. But I am sure you can relate.
My wife says I am always working. But the truth is I am sometimes reading something, or working on something unrelated to work
Before we get into this. I just wanted to thank you all for your kindness and welcoming me back to recruiting. Many of you are like me this Saturday morning. Trying to escape the necessities of your professional life and decouple from work. But it's hard for technical minds, thinkers, and committed professionals like us to do that.
That said we also have families and personal agendas that often compete for our attention. We don’t backseat them intentionally its just hard to compartmentalize sometimes. I am not sure if this is you. But I have always been the guy that tinkers in his sleep. Tearing things apart. Putting them back in new configurations. Waking up with a Quazi brilliant new thing. I used to keep a notebook on the bedside for such occasions. Nowadays that's a distraction from much needed sleep and I just turn over and go back to bed. Most of the time at least.
Ok, Jamie, get to the point. Yes there is a point to all this. Engineers and Technical professionals that are truly committed to success all struggle with the work life balance. And truthfully employers are less concerned with this then they actually advertise or even say. They bottom line tends to rule the day, mostly. So the point is this. Do not compromise life for proverbial success. You are already successful. Balance should not come at a cost.
The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, was one of Vilfredo Pareto’s most noteworthy theories, which found that 80% of outcomes often come from 20% of the related inputs. Pareto was an Italian economist in the 19th and 20th centuries who helped develop modern economics as we know it today. (this description of Pareto borrowed from here)
This principal when applied to the work/life equation is not 80% work / 20% life. Hear me on this. It’s applied this way. 80% of what we do at work is waste or less tangible to the outcome. Regardless of how on task and how productive you are the rule still applies. Do the math and then move the slider on the time you spend at work.
Lastly, the same is true of the life side of the equation! How do you spend your down-time? My wife says I am always working. But the truth is I am sometimes reading something, or working on something unrelated to work, but sort of falls into the “waste” category, as it relates to life. My relationship with God, my Wife, my Children, My Church, My Friends, My Family. I think you get the idea. Tik-Tok and You-Tube do not contribute to my life per-se. They consume the only resource that matters, our time to Live.
So, be encouraged. Be lifted up. If you are reading this, you are one of the smartest minds on the planet. Do the math, find the waste and recycle that time for life.
Have a blessed day!
Principal Recruiter, Founder
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