Separation of Work and State (of Mind)

We came back from our quick trip to Golden Isles, GA on Sunday night. We had a blast, by the way. See…

Yesterday when I returned to work, I found very few emails to answer and even fewer answers to my emails. If it weren’t for our weekly team meetings and the paycheck that arrives in the mail twice a month, I might begin to wonder if my workplace actually exists. Is it just a figment of my imagination? Am I really that certifiably insane??

To lighten my mood, I decided to post a humorous poll on Facebook asking my friends for their advice on my work situation. After a brief explanation of the poor communication that I’ve been experiencing, I asked them to vote for one of the following solutions:

a) Suck it up and enjoy getting paid by someone who obviously doesn’t care what I do with my time.

b) Look for another job where I can miscommunicate with different people.

c) Retire early and see how long I can live off frugality.

d) Hide in the corner and cry.

e) Take suggestions from my FB friends.

100% of the votes were for “C”. Angie’s mom even voted for early retirement and one of our friends made the comment, “You are the only person I know who could retire at your age and make it for another 90 years.” I love the votes of confidence!

Our dear friend Suzanne suggested semi-retirement. She’s headed in that direction herself and hopes to arrive by the end of this year. I can’t say that this is the first time that this thought has crossed my mind. In fact, it was one of the most discussed topics on our vacation, especially during the 18 hours we were riding in the car.

The question now becomes, can we pull it off? What does semi-retirement look like? This is something that I plan to give prayerful consideration to in the coming weeks (so expect to see a few posts on our semi-retirement schemes ideas).

In the meantime, the best way for me to survive work is to relegate it back it to its proper place in my life. It is the thing that I do for 7 hours each day to earn an income. It is not the thing that defines who I am. So rather than obsess over workplace politics or wonder what’s going on in an office 1,176 miles away, I’m choosing to focus instead on how I can make a better life for us with or without this job.

If you’d like to vote in my mock poll, I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

2 thoughts on “Separation of Work and State (of Mind)

  1. I found myself in this situation when new leadership was brought into my last job, for which I worked remotely. Sometimes I’d be extremely busy, but I was often just sitting around without a whole lot of attention paid to me or my work. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess. I thought this would have been a dream scenario (get paid to do nothing, woo!), but I actually found it pretty uncomfortable and stressful. I didn’t like feeling like I was creating no value; I’d rather be productive. That said, if you can hang in a bit longer before option C, it’s always good to pad the accounts!

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    1. Funny how that works – someone pays you to sit at your computer and wait all day (a dream job for many) and it’s more unnerving than it is fun. I’m definitely in favor of a bit more padding in the accounts 🙂 Thanks for the comment!


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