Working Hard or Hardly Working?

National Blog Posting Month – December 2012 – Work

Prompt – How hard do you think you work?

My first reaction upon reading this prompt was, Ha-ha-ha-ha! I have far too much fun at work to really call it ‘work.’

They say that if you are doing something you love then you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, I do like what I do, so it doesn’t always feel like I’m working very hard at all.

That isn’t to say that there aren’t times that I’m just cursing my to-do list, overwhelmed with the things that I have to do in order to keep myself paid. On those days, I work ridiculously hard, going down the list item-by-item, continuing to work even after I get home in the evening, often into the wee hours of the morning.

Other times, though, I am able to keep hours that would make a banker envious. Once I get a set of analyses started in the morning, unless I have some specific reason to stay in the office, I often bug out, go home, workout. Engage in other projects. Write blog posts. This only works for a few weeks during the summer and during the regular academic breaks, alas.

I do find that whether I feel like I’m working hard (at work-related things) or not, I still am always very, very busy. I seem to like it that way. There is always something to do that is very much worth doing. Sometimes it’s the job I get paid to do that gets priority, and sometimes it’s unrelated things. It’s all about balance, right?

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