Casey Sheehan: Keep Work and Life Separate
“I don’t have all the answers.” –Casey Sheehan
Casey Sheehan has spent a lot of time thinking about balance and, while he doesn’t claim to have all the answers to perfect work-life balance, he’s found a pretty solid approach for his own personal version.
He’s got three top priorities—in a particular order—which he tries to keep in balance:
At any moment, the three might shift their position so Casey is always sure to recognize when the balance is out of alignment for too long. One of the biggest keys for him is keeping work and life very separate.
There is work in creativity.
You’ll notice that “work” didn’t make the priority shortlist, but creativity did. The creativity in Casey’s design work is integral to his success. He knows he has the most fun at the start of projects. He loves the playfulness in that opening phase of the project where he can let his creativity loose. Eventually a project will move into the design work—another piece he loves, just a bit more demanding. And there is plenty of business to take care of besides design.
Go home at five.
However much work (and creativity) there is to be done, Casey does his best to leave the office on time, even when that means bringing home some work. He sets the example for his team to do the same. He wants his kids to see him as passionate about what he does, but he also wants to be able to put his kids to bed. When he travels, he comes back to tell his family stories about where he’s been and show them that work can be a way to instill curiosity and see possibilities.