We so desperately want to draw lines between things, but there are often too many variables to make those lines clean.Why, then, do we draw such strict lines between our roles on projects? The old thinking of defined roles is certainly loosening up, but we still have a long way to go.Work has seeped into our leisure hours, making the two tough to distinguish.So I guess this column is my attempt to give you permission to do nothing every once in a while. But to take the time you need to get better at what you do, and enjoy it a lot more.Sometimes when things clear away and you’re not watching anything and you’re in your car and you start going, oh no, here it comes, that I’m alone, and it starts to visit on you, just this sadness. People are willing to risk taking a life and ruining their own because they don’t want to be alone for a second because it’s so hard. I swear it makes me a better (and more productive) employee, but I can’t shake the feeling that I shouldn’t be writing this down because you’re just going to think I’m lazy. It doesn’t always work out, and of course there are times when a need is pressing and I take care of it at night. But I don’t sit and do email for hours every night.
How to give ourselves permission to experience the world around us and get inspiration for our work from that.Of course, the remaking of the contemporary tech office into a mixed work-cum-leisure space is not actually meant to promote leisure.Instead, the work/leisure mixing that takes place in the office mirrors what happens across digital, social and professional spaces.They’d be lumped into the same screen-size–dependent groups, but they are two totally different device classes, so how do we determine what goes together?That’s a simple example, but it points to a larger issue.I got some raised eyebrows at work recently when I declined an invitation to watch a World Cup game in a conference room. If I watch the World Cup game with a bunch of people at work today, guess what I have to do tonight? I do what I do for them—for the people in my life, the people I know, and the people I don’t.