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?

6 Responses to “Balancing time”


  1. Tommi Says:


    Great post, Niko. It’s almost as if it were written in the style of Sex and the City. (Which is good.)

  2. Niko Says:

    I must say I was afraid of that association! :D

  3. Janne Says:

    Concerning this and your tumblelog entry… I think blogging just amplifies whatever you put into it. If you don’t blog, you feel it increasingly more difficult to blog over the time. If you blog a lot about your personal life, the blog will amplify your perception of your personal life (since it will gather readers who know you personally). If you blog a lot about your projects, you will get people who know you personally; and if you blog a lot about a certain topic, you will get other people who know about that topic.

    Your readers will give back to you what you put into the blog. So it really is your choice – what kind of stuff do you need reflection on? Even if nobody ever comments, putting things in a written form forces you to clarify the matter to yourself.

  4. Niko Says:

    Brilliant points there. I like the question, “what kind of stuff do you need reflection on?” You, my readers, are serving my need for reflection! ;) I wonder how much this has to do with people not being able to pass on stuff that they have knowledge or interest in (there’s a certain type of brain that is easily disabled…).

  5. Henna Says:

    Hei makin ekyin tanne kun kerrankin on jotain mita minakin ymmarran, ei vaan tylsia kirjainnumeroyhdistelmia-internet-hight-tech-blaah-blaahia :-)

    Facebook on vahan niinku moderni versio suurehkon kylan torista. Se on paikka jossa vaihdetaan kuulumisia, tavataan vanhoja hyvia ystavia, kavereita ja hyvan paivan tuttuja ilman dinnerisuunnitteluita tai kahvikutsuja. Pysytaan mukana kuvioissa (“Ai sinakin olet taalla?” “Mitas kuuluu?”). Se tayttaa myos funktion tiedonantajana mita sun ystavien ja tuttujen ymparilla tapahtuu ilman pitempia emaileja ja kasvotusten tapaamisia. Kenenkas kaveri Maija onkaan? Mitas Mika on kirjoitellut Marjan Wall:iin?. Ja parasta on etta se on auki 24/7 verrattuna alkukantaseen tori versioon joka satto olla vaan kerran viikossa ja sillonkin vaan aamupaivalla.

    Niin ja jos sulla on pari tuntia aikaa jolloin sun ei tartte ehdottomasti olla koneella niin lahde hyva mies ulos haistelemaan raitista ilmaa ja katselemaan kaupunkia tai puistoa tai mita ikina siella lahella onkaan.

    Mee vaikka torille.

  6. Niko Says:

    Ei täällä voi lähteä ulos ku siellä vaan sataa vettä ja on pimeetä ja kylmää. Pitäs muuttaa lappiin.