The Joys of Sleeping With Your Boss

Posted by Dr. Linda Hancock on

At first look you might think that sleeping with the boss is not something that would help you, your career or even the business long-term. In my case, though, it is a positive. You see, I'm the boss!

For years, my friends have questioned me about the fact that I have been single for more than two decades. They ask "Don't you wish that you had a partner?" and, with a smile on my face, I answer "Would I have to take the books out of my bed?" or "Would the other person be upset if I wake up at 3 am and start working on a new book?" or "Would I be required to cook or do laundry?"

You see, when you have lived alone for a number of years, you tend to get a little quirky. I have a number of silly little habits that have become quite ingrained and even though I am fairly flexible as a person, I am not sure that some of these could be changed without a little annoyance.

Right now, I am 95% happy. That is pretty high, considering all the people who are miserable.

I'm not sure that I would like to risk that 95% with the hope that I would be able to get higher on the percentage scale.

Life works for me.

I learned a long time ago about metacognition - that is learning about how I learn and function best. Sometimes I arrive home from the office and am very tired. There isn't any point in trying to complete a Court report or major project. I do know, however, that if I just have a sleep and then attack the work, it will be done in about one-third the time and with more satisfaction. So I sleep and then, once I have woken up, work on the project.

Of course, that throws off my sleep pattern at times and I might find myself heading for the swimming pool in my condo in the middle of the night for a quiet swim - or reading a new book while all the world around me is asleep.

When you sleep with the boss and you are the boss, you have the freedom and independence that allows you to make choices that others who are partnered might not have. You can fill the other side of the bed with interesting novels, ignore the numbers on the clock and even take part in your own exercise program whenever it suits you.

Might not work for you - but right now it works for me!


Dr. Linda Hancock, the author of “Life is An Adventure…every step of the way” and “Open for Business Success” is a Registered Psychologist who has a private practice in Medicine Hat. She can be reached at 403-529-6877 or through email office@drlindahancock.com


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