I have two simple rules for managing my work life:
- Don’t think about work after office hours
- Ask why, and don’t be afraid to say no
As simple as these two rules are, they’re invaluable for maintaining some semblance of sanity and a reasonable work-life balance. These were my only two pieces of advice to a new employee, and I wish someone had told them to me.
Documentation is important. Everyone knows this. Unfortunately, documentation is too often confined to the how of the work, and leaves out the why.
My rule is very simple: if I’m not in the office, I’m not working. If you need something, let me know, but I’m not seeking out stuff to work on during “me time”.