Two years ago my days consisted of working as a Senior Project Manager at Microsoft during the day and with our production team in Mumbai at night. Deadlines were unrealistically tight, pressure was constant, and rewards were few. My week started on Sunday evening and ended on Friday evening. I often worked 16 hours a day managing up to 35 technical and marketing projects simultaneously. This went on for a little over two years and by the end I was bone tired and suffocating under the pressure.
Today, my day day looked like this:
This represents just a few moments from my not-very-stressful day, an impromptu visit from Abby and her mom. But it really brought home how much things have changed since the days when my work life balance was so very seriously skewed and I felt like I was slowly dying.