Like most Gen-Xers, I was "raised" professionally by Baby Boomers who have a strong sense of values in terms of working hard, making sacrifices and strictly separating their work and personal lives. Except, of course, when they bring work home.
Lately, I've been realizing that I'm unconsciously trying to keep my personal life away from the office. For example
- I'm slightly annoyed when a friend calls me at work
- When I need to call the authorities or some service provider, I usually forget about it until their offices are closed anyway.
- And when I check my personal email at the office, although I don't get out of my way to hide it, I do it discreetly.
Our boss announced that she was going home. Trying to be funny, I said to our young Padawan:
Cool, now that she's leaving, lets watch some YouTube.For a split second she looked at me like I was the biggest idiot in the world. Or at least that was my interpretation of her facial expression. So I asked her what she was thinking. She simply said:
I didn't understand why you couldn't watch YouTube before.Of course, I could have answered that, duh, it was just a joke. But I kept my big mouth shut realizing that I had an opportunity to learn something.
Now that I'm writing this I realize that I already made some progress today:
- I saw an add for a nice apartment and called without second thoughts
- I checked my personal email several times today
- I had a long lunch
- I had some fun with colleagues in the afternoon
- I visited the PortableApps site (PDFTK and Toucan sound very promising and OpenOffice v3 is available)
I learned a lot from my Baby Boomer colleagues and mentors. But for now, I'll listen to some Millenials.
And thus concludes my second attempt at trying to become more ROWE-y (or become ROWE-ier).