It's a constant juggle to keep things separated. I have the personality type where I can get lost in my work. It happened at Disney and my family suffered because of it. I would go in to work early and stay at work late. Not because I didn't want to be at home - I did, I love my family to no end - but I also loved my job to no end. I had a difficult time striking a healthy balance.
I love working on cases at my current job. If I could do nothing but research all day, I would be one happy camper. It's not that I don't like talking to people, it's just that I enjoy getting lost in the research that much more. The problem comes in when there is overtime available. An hour here, two hours there, and before I know it, I've worked half a shift before my shift even starts.
|My work space, in all it's 'natural' glory.. except my tablet which normally sits on the big square and plays music or shows while I work so I don't get whackadoodle in a quiet room.|
It doesn't happen overnight. It just slowly creeps up on me so then I take a day and reign it all back in. I don't like those days - because it means I've lost my balance again. Tomorrow will be one of those days for me, though I've gotten a head start on it yesterday so it won't be so bad.
Once you find your balance, do your best to keep it up. Everyone in your life will be happier for it - including yourself. I love the book of Proverbs so whenever I get out of balance, Chapter 11, Verse 1 always pops into my head... "A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His delight."
It's time for me to get a just weight again.