December 15, 2021
Work-life balance is important for leaders, but it can be a challenge. DRB® President Dan Pittman discusses how he navigates work-life balance in this Wicked Awesome Wednesday video.
Hey, everybody. This is Dan Pittman, another segment of Wicked Awesome Wednesday.
You know, a lot of times you'll hear me say something about work, it's a priorities or a perspective thing. I always say that work is not the important thing, we do it to take care of the important things. I was asked recently "How do you keep that perspective or that work-life balance?" Poorly. I really struggle with this. I've struggled with workaholicism my whole life. I'm blessed to have an amazingly gracious wife who understands and gets me, but she reminds me, and I guess the only thing would be when you know you've crossed the line and you're too absorbed, and you're getting your identity from your work. I think that's a dangerous point, when you get your identity from work, you need to actually intentionally do something perspective-wise and make sure you're focused on a spouse or focus on kids or parents or just your co-workers as people. I think it's important to do that, and all I can offer is the danger line is when you realize that you can't get things off your mind or literally out of the angst of your system because it's become your identity of who you are or too much of your identity. That's when you need to check yourself. That's when it's time to talk to a parent, talk to a spouse, and say "Man, I need some perspective, let's talk," or just check out and spend a weekend where you're really focusing on the important things in life.
It's just got to be some intentionality. I've struggled with it my whole life, and I'm not good at it, so I'm speaking as a person that understands the question thoroughly. I hope that helps.