We all want to live happily and yet to achieve something in our life. This is called work-life-balance. Here is my personal experience from the last several months.
One of the issues that I want to focus on is finding again the balance between work and life. First of all: why did I loose the balance?
Well, every new beginning arguably needs a “critical mass” of effort. This spring, as my younger daughter was 6 months old, I change my job once again and changed my weekend activity once again. Both proved to be a lot more demanding and rewarding than I originally expected. The new job started with me being in a center of a small crisis, slowly working my way to better technological solution. The blog required me to write 100 articles within 3 months – otherwise it could have easily disappeared in on-line noise. To make things harder I needed to deal with some parenthood challenges, occasional rocket alerts, my wife finishing yet another degree and many other small issues that the life consists of.
Writing a blog is hard. It requires a lot of time, it challenges creative potential, and the need of self-discipline in face of invisible reader is overwhelming. I do use speedwriting methods, and my research skills are very good, and yet it took me every Saturday to complete writing the required 7 weekly posts. I did not have enough time or motivation to take proper care of myself [gym] or my blog [SEO/SMO], while building up the initial body of material.
So how do I find my way out? I used the summer vacation to start several other activities. Their intermediate results are integrated within the blog: exercises, some GUI tweaks etc. I limit the minimal content updates to 1 post every 5 days. This way I finally have some of my time back. I do need to produce 300 posts before the blogs appears on SEO.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. I will keep writing you my true and unfiltered experiences.