Well, I almost made a full week of daily posts. Yesterday my sinuses got the better of me and that was the end of that. Tonight I feel better but this is going to be a real quick post that is, admittedly, just for the sake of getting something down.
It’s 8:00 pm and I still have to prepare for class tomorrow and take a look at what I need to do in terms of code for a fix I wanted to get out for WooThemes. *sigh*
All I can say for tonight is…
This week is over.
I’m to the point this week where I can’t even bring myself to look at the computer tonight. That’s probably not a good sign.
…That about sums up today.
We were hit by a good storm last night that knocked our power out from about 8pm until about 3am. While I won’t complain about the lights going out (that part would normally make sleeping a little easier) it did knock out the A/C on another very warm night (I don’t think its dropped below 70F in at least 2 months) leaving me running on almost no sleep.
So here I am, its 8:30pm, and all I can think about is going to bed. *sigh*
It’s day 4 of my “30 days of blogging” attempt and so far this will be my 3rd post here on this site (I posted yesterday to Bit51.com). Not bad considering every time I sit in front of a computer I seem to draw a blank.
Oh well, at least it means that if I really need to I can coax some words out of my mind and, perhaps more importantly, I can find a few minutes to get them out into a semi-coherent document.
Almost two months ago I wrote about just how bad my schedule has become and it hasn’t gotten any better. Since then I’ve resorted to actually scheduling in lunch with my wife – on weekends – and when I do anything that takes more than an hour away from all the projects I have on my plate I nearly break into a panic wondering how I’ll make up that time later.
My core project, Better WP Security is woefully behind. My class is nowhere near as well thought out as I would like. My blogs (except for the last few days) are all but abandoned. Where does it all go? I’m spending 14–18 hours a day working on all these projects yet don’t seem to be getting anywhere on any of them.
It’s time for something to change. I’ve started looking for real help in some of the most important areas in an effort to consolidate everything I’m part of from 30 or so half-finished projects to 2 or 3 masterpieces that will make a difference.
Why? What am I trying to do? Well, there are a few goals actually:
- I want to make room for family. I want to leave the house with Joy on the weekend and go places we haven’t been before: camping, traveling, just enjoying her company. Although we live in the same house there are days I really just miss her and that shouldn’t be.
- I want to be able to complete what I’m working on and to do so with the highest quality. Better WP Security and my blogging are paramount to that with my class a close second and some of my other plugins (that fortunately don’t require much maintenance) right behind.
- I want more time for life. This means no more skipping meals because it would take me away from work. This means spending an hour or so a day reading a book instead of just reading emails. This means getting out and enjoying the world around me and getting back to things that don’t involve work such as church and volunteering.
When you put it all together, I want to find a balance between work and life that, as of the last year or so, has become horribly tilted to the work side. Yes, working hard can be a good thing, but at some point you put so much on your plate that you simply can’t lift it anymore. That’s where I’m at right now and that’s what I’m going to fix.