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Finding time for 'fun' stuff?

Posted on by Clive Walker in Personal

I wrote this post a while back. The content can still be relevant but the information I've linked to may not be available.

These days, I seem to be on a constant work cycle that doesn't seem to allow me much time to do the 'fun' web stuff or the personal projects that I used to. Yes, I maintain a few personal websites (that could probably do with a lot more attention from me) and I read a heap of RSS feeds that (I hope) keep me up-to-date with web design and development happenings but otherwise it's client work all the way.

By 'fun' stuff, I mean starting personal websites, creating and exploring different website layouts, testing out code examples, reading books about new web design (CSS3) methods, etc. I'm pretty sure I used to be able to set aside time for this but I seem to have fallen out of the habit.

In a similar vein, I have loads of reading that I keep meaning to do – books and back issues of .net magazine that litter my coffee table – but I cannot seem to get motivated to read as much as I used to. Perhaps my concentration span is less than it was. Or I am too immersed in client work during the day to get excited about more web stuff in the evenings. Or I need a holiday. I don't know.

Whatever is happening, I think I need to do something about it. Take a break. Set aside time in the week. Something.

All other suggestions gratefully received!

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  • 21 Mar 2011 18:39:22

    Used to know that feeling – now in the opposite position of not seeming to have enough time for client work and spending too much time on personal projects! Balance and running your own business do not seem to go hand in hand!

  • 29 Mar 2011 16:19:17

    Hi Clive, I’d thoroughly recommend blocking out diary time for that business development/testing/learning times. My wife describes it as ‘play time’. It can feel like that too!!! Well, apart from learning my way around AWS … it’s making my head hurt.

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