I wrote the other day about the last 2.5 years and my transition through jobs. I wrote about how I'd worked an insane amount of hours from June 2016 through January 2018. There were many weekdays I was in the office until 9pm. There were many weekends where I spent each Saturday and Sunday at work. I worked many holidays that we were closed. It was what was needed to survive and stay on top of what I had been given. I'm through that now for the most part with the exception of November and December - my two busiest months of the year.
And now I have taken back my time! One can only give so much and go on like that for so long. I've stopped checking my email on the weekends and at night. My boss knows how to call my cell phone if she really needs me. So does my boss's boss. I'm not in the line of work where there is going to be a life or death emergency that can't really wait until the morning. It can wait and it will be okay.
My time my is my time and I have seized control of it again. This isn't to say there won't be times where I need to stay late or work a weekend to meet a deadline. Things come up during the work week where I get pulled away from a project for the better part of a day or multiple days, but my project deadline does not change. It's still there. But outside of this, I've taken back MY time.
This video reminds me of what the last two years have felt like. I used to joke with a coworker who spent many of those nights and weekends at work with me that it was like we were trapped in a room with a million of those bouncy balls just trying to grab one to take control of it.