Kept office hours this weekend and waking up Monday morning feeling like I have the best work-life balance ever. When you get it right, you stop making a living and start making a life.
For the last 10 years I've been carving out a few hours on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons for contracts and weekly planning. I claw back personal time during the week when clients are on deadline, on-camera, or in countless meetings.
My Saturday drumbeats are legendary with both clients and associates. They range from standing coffee meetings with my manager and teams to Google Hangouts with clients. There is nothing like a bedhead or baseball hat video conference with a client to create an inseparable connection.
I acknowledge it's not for everyone and it takes a new mindset and methodology to manage commitments, but when you get it right, you start a Monday morning off with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment, not defeat.
In the end, when you stop making a living and start making a life, you'll stop calling it work and look forward to Monday morning for the first time since that crush you had in the 3rd grade.