8 posts tagged balance

Are you making something?

I’m not quite as intentional or disciplined about it as Godin suggests, but this is essentially the niche the iPad has filled in my life. For the most part, things like RSS, Tumblr, most online reading (through Instapaper), and even a good chunk of Twitter time are relegated to the iPad. I rarely even think of these things while I’m working on my laptop anymore.

Particularly, because my primary work machine is a laptop, there’s nothing more rewarding to me than heading down to my favorite coffee shop, with only my iPad and relaxing without feeling the need to work.

Brad Feld Goes Off the Grid

Brad gave one of my favorite talks at TEDx Boulder. If you’ve got 8 minutes to spare, go watch it. I love the concept of “going off the grid” regularly (though, I’ll admit I suck at making it happen).

My dad has a different version. He takes the 5th week of a 5-week month (there are only a few each year) and uses it for anything from vacation to a personal project he’s been putting off

Ten Things I Have Learned

I’d read Milton Glaser’s Ten Things I Have Learned a couple years ago, but it recently resurfaced in my RSS and I read it again. This quote, in particular, stood out to me this time. It’s the idea that things essentially come back to balance. Is a belief that is completely unquestioned really a belief? Is the biting cynic really as smart as he thinks he is? I know I’m guilty of swinging both ways at times.

This quote comes from the larger section Doubt. At least read that section, if not the whole thing.

The Back Side of Your Gullet Is Decadent and Depraved, Part 4

Bonus: “A man needs a playground, otherwise he’ll wither away.”

Chimero is writing a book, right? Right? I’ll give him the money now.

My Week Alone on the Internet

In many ways it’s hard to remember, the but internet didn’t used to be as social as it is now. There was a time, not too long ago, where Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. didn’t exist, or at least had very little traction in our daily lives.

Last week, as I found myself needing to make a final push on some work—in particular, a large update to the very blogging platform this post is published on (more on that later)—I noticed, and became increasingly annoyed with my proclivity toward CRS. What is “CRS”, you ask? It’s what I’ve dubbed Constant-Refresh-Syndrome—and I had it bad.

Maturity in Work

It’s so hard to find the balance and work schedule that allows for the life-giving “negative space” that is not work (or trying to do work).

Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

I can’t overstate how much this article has put things into perspective for me. As someone who owns his own business, but also does most of the actual work for that business (design, writing coding, etc.), I felt the tension between the Maker/Manager schedules, but never could put it into words: I have to be both.

Every day I have to be the “manager” – have the meetings, “do” coffee/lunch, build relationships and work with clients. But, I also, every day, have to produce. I have to find blocks of several hours of uninterrupted time that I can dedicate to design, or code, or general creativity—making stuff.

I think balancing the two schedules is almost impossible, but I can now be more intentional about trying: relegating meetings to certain days of the week, or times in the day, and more actively protecting blocks of “maker” time.


Yeah, I’m guilty of losing this distinction.

(via The Weekly Review)