I put in 12-14 hours of work on Monday, then again on Tuesday, then again on Wednesday. And I loved it. Not just enjoyed it – loved it. Couldn’t get enough.
Am I a workaholic? I don’t think so.
It’s this radio show. On Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 5pm Pacific, my business partner and I launch “The Boss Show” – a weekly radio show for anyone who is or has a boss. Workplace wisdom with heart and humor. And I haven’t been so excited about a work project in ages.
It’s a huge endeavor, launching a radio show. And as I was working into the late hours of the evening, I was tapped into the creativity of it, the sense of accomplishment, the expectation of service, the expression of purpose – in ways that wouldn’t let me stop until I practically started dreaming awake.
“The Boss Show” — a weekly radio show for anyone who is or has a boss — premieres at 5pm Pacific on Wednesday, Feb. 2, on KKNW, 1150-AM, streamed live on 1150KKNW.com
But, you say, what about work-life balance? Sure, I say, reasons abound not to overwork:
But work itself doesn’t cause stress. Not even 12 hours a day of it. It’s your response to the work that causes the stress. Is fear, anger, or frustration running you while you work?
Now for most of us, 12-14 hours of work every day, over the long term, would mean we’re escaping or ignoring our relationships, other responsibilities, or the activities that offer us physical or psychological health.
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But if none of that applies … if in a burst of productivity or creativity you are following your bliss into absorption, and the time flies and you’re no worse off afterwards … then I say go for it. This is what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi famously referred to as Flow – the peak experience that makes life worth living.
I’ll always remember this intense time — the time I spent creating “The Boss Show.”
And I’m gonna take the weekend off. Soon as I post this on the blog. I’ll raise a glass of wine to you.