From now on I will stop bragging or complaining about the hours I spend at work.It's no secret that I'm a big fan of ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment). And although I won't actively promote it at work, I will start making adjustments to my attitudes and work habits.
Therefore "ROWE-y". Not quite ROWE, but getting closer. Baby step after baby step.
The 7th ROWE Guidepost is:
Nobody talks about how many hours they work.If I work too many hours, it's my problem.
True, if I'm on sick leave because of burn-out, then it becomes my manager's problem too. But at the end of the day, it's still my responsibility.
Whenever somebody tells me how tough their job is and how many hours they put in I feel the urge to prove that I'm a hard worker too.
At the same time saying that I worked over 50 hours last week is lame. 60 or 70 hours would sound much tougher.
But I'm sick of this. It's a senseless pissing contest which you can only loose because you'll end up either frustrated or in a coma.
If I can't brag about long hours, I will have to validate my value to the company in a different way.
The alternative is to figure out what I'm actually doing all day, deciding what is really useful and necessary and then, of course, remember all these great things that I'm doing for my employer. Because seriously, of the several dozen things I did today, I could hardly remember 10 right now.
Whether I work many or few hours, I'll start concentrating on my achievements. This is me getting ROWE-y!