Proud and indolent youth

Suzette brainstorms at all hours, unlike some of us:

Early in the morning, I have the sincere belief that I can get everything that I have to do at work done by the end of the day. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and think I should probably send out a few emails. Early in the morning, I acknowledge how deranged that notion is. Last evening at about 6pm ET, I sent a message to a co-worker in Arizona offering to review something complicated that we talked about earlier in the day. It was 4pm where he was. He wrote back to me in all his 27 year old glory and this is what his email said:

“Who needs some work/life balance here? I have about 20 minutes — is that enough time to discuss?”

Being a bit more passive-aggressive than this youngster, I’d have probably written up an answer and timed it to be sent at 5:59 am. But my sympathy for his position does not in any way change her position:

Dude, this is the reason why your generation is not going to do as well economically as mine has done. Do your work. Regarding work/life balance, allow me to paraphrase the great Don Draper: “That’s what the money is for.”

As a rule, I quit thinking about work at 4:38 pm — even if I have to stay later than that. Not that I’m doing all that well economically, mind you.


  1. Cripes Suzette »

    27 June 2013 · 5:32 pm

    I tape this motto into the front of every new year’s planner: “The harder you work, the luckier you are.” So far it’s been true but I also notice that the harder you work, the luckier you are and then you get more work.

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 June 2013 · 5:34 pm

    I dunno. After my doctor told me (in not quite such strong words) that I really needed to chill the F out or have an even greater risk of stroking out, I’m thinking that maybe “She was a really hard worker” is not the best thing to have on one’s tombstone.

  3. CGHill »

    27 June 2013 · 5:37 pm

    Especially if it has to be carved early as a result.

  4. Dick Stanley »

    28 June 2013 · 12:40 am

    When I was young, I lived to work. Sometime after I passed fifty, I was working to live. I should have started sooner.

  5. Roger Green »

    28 June 2013 · 4:57 am

    Early in the morning, my brain has been working on stuff. Used to be work stuff; now it’s blog posts. Make of that what you will.

  6. McGehee »

    28 June 2013 · 6:12 am

    They say nobody ever has it carved on their tombstone, “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.” Nobody ever seems to think there’s any question of why. You’d think someone would pioint out that people who didn’t spend enough time at the office can’t afford tombstones.

    Now me, I might need to have mine carved to say,

    “I wish I’d been better orga


  7. fillyjonk »

    28 June 2013 · 9:18 am

    Oh, I’m really good at thinking about work-stuff first thing in the morning. I have this fantastic list of everything I’m going to get done. However, after I’ve worked out, showered, dressed, packed my lunch, eaten, driven to work, and sat down at my desk, that motivation has a tendency to evaporate.

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