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Compartmentalization Is A Myth

I have a friend at work who used to espouse compartmentalization.  He said that he could separate everything in the various parts of his life from the other.

I used to proclaim the same thing.  I would tell team members to check their personal lives at the door and not let it affect their work. If they had a fight with a husband or child, they needed to forget about it and focus on their work.

I say hogwash to that.  Compartmentalization is a myth.

I’m not sure when I changed my mind, but I have come to realize that our work affects our home life and our home life affects our work.  It’s just impossible to separate each part of our lives from another.

For example, if I’m physically fit, it should make me a better employee.  I should have more energy to get my work done.

If I read something that helps be grow personally, it should positively affect the other aspects of our lives.

I love to read and hear Zig Ziglar’s books and speeches.  However there is one thing I slightly disagree with him. He depicts his Wheel of Life as having seven different compartments.  The picture is that each one is a spoke in a wheel.

The problem with this is that it gives the impression that each spoke is independent of the others. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Each spoke overlaps with the others.

Some might be concerned that they would ruin one aspect of their lives by paying attention to another.  Instead they should think the opposite.

A strong family makes a stronger team member.

The key is making sure that each aspect of our lives affects the other positively.

Do you compartmentalize your life or do you recognize how each part supports each other?

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  1. Ricky Anderson
    June 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I’ve long known compartmentalizing didn’t work. The amazing part to me isn’t when home life affects work, but when work positively affects home. When I got deathly ill around the first of the year, my boss and even my boss’ boss in another state rallied around me in ways I wouldn’t have dreamed of. That did wonders for my performance when I returned. They didn’t buy my loyalty; they earned it.

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