My priorities are my family then my Cybersecurity career. However, I recently noticed that for more than a year, I have not taken a day off. I always make time for my children and wife, but I am also doing work, research, consulting, writing articles, producing videos, or speaking at events every day.
I have not set aside time for myself.
Overall, it isn't a bad thing as I am passionate about cybersecurity. I really enjoy the challenges and strive to improve the industry. It is both my career and hobby. But I realized that doing work every day is a little extreme, even for me.
So, it prompted me to make a little change.
After a 15-year hiatus, I decided to get back on 2 wheels. I just picked up my new motorcycle and plan to roll a few miles every week. I have always enjoyed riding and now it's time to restore that aspect to my life.
I have recognized a behavioral vulnerability and am implementing tools and processes to enhance the overall work/life balance.
I encourage everyone, especially those in cybersecurity, to take inventory and purposely find a healthy equilibrium between work and personal life. Cybersecurity is stressful and can easily burn-out the very best of us. Don’t let it get there.
Find your work-life-balance and make it a reality.