Do you find that your feelings about your work spill over into your free time–the time you’ve specially reserved to relax and do non work-related activities? It’s amazing how work touches everything we do: if things are going well with work, time off is more fun. If work has taken a downturn, well, watch out.
Make no mistake: because our work is what we spend so much of our time and energy doing, and because our long-term prosperity is tied to it, it tends to form an important part of our identity. And sometimes it’s hard to let go, even during the weekend. So my point is this: Whatever your work entails, it’s worth spending a lot of time and resources making sure you get it right. Because at the end of the day, it’s not work; it’s life. And life is indeed too short.