I've been thinking about this for awhile. In our musicology department we talk about boundaries a lot. No, even if you're up at 2 am and you see the student's panicked email, you shouldn't answer it. But how do we set boundaries between our life and our work. As a musician, the thought of putting up a boundary between your life and art seems to be contrary to what I do. Life is art and art is life. As a graduate student on the path to being a full-time academic, setting up boundaries seems antithetical as well. Something inside me says that setting up boundaries seems to mean you're not "all in." I'm not one for the shallow end of anything. I like to be fully involved. I like to be incredibly passionate about what I do, because it's incredibly difficult for me to summon the will to work on something I'm not really into (see my HS math grades as evidence). But on the other hand, there is more to life than papers and conferences and recitals. How do we go about setting boundaries so that everything gets done, but so we still have our sanity, the energy to come back to what we love, and so we have time to remain well-rounded human beings with time for a spiritual and physical (exercise) pursuits? Suggestions greatly appreciated!
Peace, Love, and Tunes,