Work Life Balance
Work Life Balance
We live in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. When we first started working together we had an office in Aviemore that didn’t have a window, it was grim, it cost a fortune, we left home in the dark, we got back in the evening in the dark, we worked long hours, we weren’t enjoying life very much.
A few years back now we decided things had to change. We converted the spare room at home into a proper working office, no more working from the dining room table or the sofa with a laptop on our knees. We have proper fast broadband, and a decent working space – oh and the all important window!
It is still however, way too easy to work the longest hours, keep saying ‘yes in a minute’ when dinner is ready and generally not enjoy the wonderful area we live it. So, for the past year or so we’ve been making the conscious effort to get out into our local woods, or down to the river, or just a walk round our beautiful town of Grantown on Spey at least once a day, and we’re better people for it. We’re way more focused when we get back to our desks, we’ve usually met someone en route and had a natter, we’ve breathed the fresh air that the Highlands is known for and we’ve chatted through problems that just become heated when we’re sat at our desks.
So what’s the point of the blog? Well we’ve made an even more monumental decision and that is to stop working on Saturdays. Why should we work 6 days a week 52 weeks of the year? The evenings are getting lighter, the possibilities of exploration without getting snowed on or rained on are mounting and we want to get away from screens. This doesn’t mean that if there is a wee crisis (they do happen from time to time) that we’ll leave it all till Monday, of course not, but we are giving ourselves permission to work more “normal” hours… you know the ones that people who are not self employed work.