This week has been super busy even in pre-baby terms, but post-baby, the thing I’ve always told my teams becomes more important: this company (any company) will take from you as much as you’re willing to give. It’ll always be up to you to define your own boundaries and find some balance. Some days you’ll have to work crazy hours and under enormous pressure and you won’t have much of a choice because this is what we do. When those moments pass, be sure to make it up – to yourself, your family – somehow. You must take advantage of opportunities to recoup, recover, relax, even if they come during “normal” business hours.
Tonight I’ll miss bedtime yet again owing to one more day of audit. Sucky. So this morning, I am catching up on email one-handed while holding my sleeping baby during his morning nap. I’ll get him ready and off to school myself since my husband will no longer be available to help, but it’s worth it to spend a quiet hour snuggling with this kid of mine. The audit will keep me occupied until long past his bedtime tonight, so for now maximum email productivity loses out to sniffing him while he snores ever so adorably.
I like to think we also happen to be setting a good example for other working parents, or at the very least those on my team.