When I worked for a public accounting firm, the culture was such that work/life balance was a given. Naturally, during busy season there were some evening hours and Saturdays, but it was never the killer hours that you hear about (or you may have experienced) at Big Four firms. No question, there are a lot of differences between a Deloitte office and a small firm.
Frankly, I find it hard to believe that anyone – accountants, attorneys or any other profession – who regularly grinds out 70-hour workweeks is as productive as that load of time indicates. You have to also question how healthy – both physically and mentally – that person working 70 hours a week might. “Not very” is my guess.
While raking leaves last night I got to reflecting on the demands of the work day, specifically in conjunction with technology. This line then popped into my head:
You need time away from phones, computers and other devices…
in order to be productive with phones, computers and other devices.
Everyone needs disconnected time away to recharge the batteries, whether that’s refocused energy on painting the house, shopping for furniture or napping in a hammock while fresh ocean breezes surround your nostrils.
This diatribe on the constant nose-to-the-grindstone lifestyle relates to self-improvement. If you are not familiar with Seth Godin, you should be. This modern-day bald genius generates a ton of content via his blog and newsletters, speeches and presentations, and his numerous exceptional books.
Seth once (probably more than once, actually) wrote a piece about “being your best.” I carefully extracted this line from Seth’s essay:
He’s the best in the world at being Josh Bell,
not the best in the world at playing the violin.
If I can be the best in the world at being Rob Nance today, I’ll consider that a day conquered. Here’s to you, being the best Marvin, Annabelle or Quincy that you can be today. No violin required.