What a week! When I tell you that I almost didn’t make it through the work week, I’m not kidding. I think I would have been fine if it was just a crazy work week, but I have also been sick; it’s one of those, “Am I sick or is it allergies?” type things that I still don’t get (insert multiple eye rolls).
Any who, last week I went to a “Teacher Symposium” sponsored by the district that was AMAZING and I’m not just saying that as an employee. I legit walked away with so much knowledge and felt better prepared to enter my classroom. One of the sessions focused on organization, both inside and inside the classroom. The biggest lesson that I took away from the session is that it is impossible to separate your work life from your home life.
I’m not saying you won’t bring issues from one to the other, but it is almost impossible to have a successful work life I your home life is in disarray. Think about it, if you don’t have a consistent place to live or an unstable marriage, how will you be able to walk into your job each day as a competent employee? You would probably too stressed and distracted to actually complete much work. Yes people do it, but you shouldn’t.
President Obama and the First Lady are the perfect example of great work and home balance. You don’t hear on the news, “This just in, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked Mr. President out of the bedroom and forced him to sleep in the Oval Office”. Yes, this may seem far fetched, but powerful individuals highly take public perception into account. Even if you feel that certain home life issues will affect you, the ability to navigate through those emotions will help you grow more and help you become better equipped to deal with more complex situations.
The moral of this conversation is to not set yourself up for failure in the work place. In order to be the best that you can be, it must start at home. Make sure you are eating well, taking care of personal problems, and leave any outstanding issues out of work so that you can be the successful, objective employee you can be.