I absolutely loved this inc.com article about David Sacks, PayPal alumnus and the founder of Yammer. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has a difficult time disconnecting from my work. For me, in my new role as an Extension Professor, it seems like I’m always thinking about work. I guess it’s frequently on my mind because I must find it enjoyable to think about. I was like this before, it has just become amplified because I’m trying so hard to take a lot in and be as effective as possible for the people I serve.
I’m not sure if I ever really deactivate from “work-mode.” Sure, I unplug from time to time, but my idea radar always seems to be on. The only time it’s not is when I’m intensely involved in something that requires my full concentration. So for me that’s when I’m rappelling in a slot canyon or playing with my son at the park.
I think about work constantly. I wish I had an On/Off switch. My wife is good at bringing it to my attention. We'll be at dinner or spending time with the kids, and she'll notice me drifting off, she has a way of bringing me back to Earth. I'm trying to be better, but I’m happy I have found something I’m passionate about. I’ve found I shift gears easier when I feel in control of my work, like I actually have a handle on things and am accomplishing above average feats.
Paul Hill, Ph.D.
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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