After 3 weeks “on holiday”, I returned to work – to a stack of e-mails, a laundry list of to-dos, and a bulging voice-mail box.
Surprisingly, it was easier to catch up than it was to take care of the Wee Baby T! After 3 hours my e-mails were under control, another couple of hours to return phone calls, and then I started tackling the work related ‘daddy do’ list with renewed enthusiasm. I wasn’t tired, and apart from my colleagues asking how T was doing I wasn’t interrupted. I just put my head down and got to it.
Then I looked up. The office was empty, it was 7 PM. I was so wrapped up in “just one more thing” mode that I stayed at work for hours. That’s when the exhaustion hit. I fell asleep on the streetcar ride home, I hadn’t eaten since 7 am, and when I walked in the door all I could think was I had failed this day.
The fact is, we all have responsibilities. There are expectations set by employers, by society, and by ourselves. Balancing these expectations will make you a better employee, heck, a better human being.
Bless K, she understood entirely. As I warmed up some food she handed me T and we watched some bad TV until it was time to start it all over again – this time, I’ll get it right…