Leap Year Lesson #240: Sometimes It’s Best to Let Work Wait

Posted: September 2, 2012 in Work-Life Balance
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While it seems glamorous to go across country for several days and speak at a major conference, the truth is that work just piles up for you back home while you’re gone.  The days are long and you only get further behind each day.  I am thankful for the great help of others on my work team while I was away, but that still doesn’t resolve the mass of emails that awaited me upon returning home.

It is, therefore, understandable that I didn’t really intend to party much while at the conference, even though each night saw a number of huge parties planned to which I was invited.  Now, I’m not much of a party guy any time, but especially when feeling the need to get work done.

The final evening of the conference, though, I changed my mind at least for a couple of hours.  The conference organizers booked Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia to perform at the closing party.  I honestly thought I’d go, stay a little while, get some pictures and video to prove I was there, and then return to my room to get more work done (yes, I know – boring).

I stayed for the opening band, Morning Parade, for the way-too-long interval between bands, and then got the pictures and video I sought within the first 15 minutes of Bon Jovi performing.  I considered leaving, but then thought, “Jeff, this is dumb. Work will still be there tomorrow while Bon Jovi and this whole scene will be long gone.”  So I made the call to stay to the end and just enjoy.

I went back to the hotel afterward and stayed up late trying to get done most of what I had originally planned for the night.  With the next day spent mostly in the air and at airports, even more work built up.  Still, I’m glad I made the call I did.  After all, a month or a year from now I won’t remember what work I would have done if I missed the concert.  I will, however, remember the concert for many years to come.

Leap year lesson #240 is Sometimes it’s best to let work wait.

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