I had a realization a couple of days ago. Long after I was home, all I was thinking about was work. The class I hadn't finished, the component I had to yet design, the failing test. It's an awful realization to know I'm cheating the people who love me most, of my time, my energy, and my devotion. At work, I can be replaced. At home, in my family, as a father and husband, I'm irreplacable.
There is one simple step I'm going to take, a catalyst for change. I need to force my brain to compartmentalize work away from home. For the rest of December, the first thing I'm going to do when I get home, is turn off my phone. I'm going to give my family my time and energy. Because they deserve it.
Work can wait.