Balancing time 12:27 on Sunday
Last month kept me really busy, and having a stack of work waiting to be done at all times had the side effect of making me realize how much time it takes to maintain even a minimal presence online: uploading a few photos to Flickr, checking Facebook messages, exchanging email and the occasional instant message with a friend.
I don’t really have a problem balancing the time I use between work and life — the problem is more that this “life” includes hobbies that feel like work (doing web stuff for friends), and chores done on the laptop, which makes them not that different from work.
So, when presented with an unexpected time window, should I spend a couple of hours working on my hobby projects, updating my online me, or spending my precious free time completely away from the computer? Should I be a good sport and think more of the deadlines I have? Or should I feel ok laying numb in front of the tv and “recharging”? (I’m not at all confident that watching tv is recharging…)
How important is it to write new posts on this blog? How important is it to maintain my presence in the online social networks I loosely participate in? Do I have a responsibility towards the members of my online communities — the readers of this blog or my Facebook friends? Or should I worry about the networking benefits I might loose by potentially cutting myself out of my communities, by way of inactivity?