SIP Day 41, wearing a green striped top and tan linen crops, writing from the living room couch; 73 degrees outside today
It is very rare that I’ve ever written about work on my blog and I am not sure that I plan to change that in the future. But it seemed right to mention a few things today.
I enjoy my work as an IT Director for Chapman University and I take it very seriously. I wouldn’t say that I am a workaholic but others sometimes observe to me that I work a lot. My work is not hard, but it is consuming and I like to do it well. Also, I feel what I do is important and that I can make a difference and that drives some of my persistence about work-related tasks.
My role in the past six weeks has been particularly challenging due to moving the faculty from teaching face-to-face to teaching online. It has given me more than enough to do to fill the days at home and has caused the days to slide by incredibly quickly. I start the day on camera with a Teams meeting in my home office and often find myself sitting in that same chair eight hours later after back-to-back meetings. Many weekends I am also sitting in that same chair doing grading, class prep, or solving work-related problems.
During S-I-P Stijn has also been working while at home and the two of us are generally on opposite ends of the house in Zoom/Teams calls. We meet for lunch and occasionally bump into each other while using the restroom or getting a drink of water. It’s great to get to eat in the garden together nearly everyday, but this also means that work is an ever-present part of nearly every waking hour because work happens in my own living space. So as much as I enjoy the short commute and lunch hour with my spouse, I will relish the moment when I can, once, again, leave my work “at the office” and come home.