Larry Myers

Daily Note

October 15, 2023

Setting boundaries with work has always been a challenge for me. I have friends who can disengage from work with ease. I am not one of those people. I cannot allow work email or slack on my phone. I must power down my work laptop on Friday, even if it means burning time on Monday to restore my development setup. Over longer holidays I will put my work laptop in a closet on a high shelf so I will not see it. Even then little thoughts about work creep in, taunting me to check, just once. This may be one of the things I deeply miss about my early career. Technology did not permit this behavior. Once you physically left work you were gone. There was no way to take it home. You had a desktop machine at work, no laptop, no VPN, no smartphone. I’ve been struggling to get that back for 20 years.