It’s 10:30pm on a Saturday, and I’m at work. I’m the only one in the office. I’ll be sleeping here tonight, and working on Sunday.
It’s funny. Throughout my life, I’ve always had a reputation for being lazy. At this job, I work nights and weekends more often than not. What changed? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because this is the first job I’ve had where I wasn’t bored. But, as with any change, being not-lazy has come with its share of problems.
I have too much to do! First, there are heaps of things that I want to get done at IMVU that are part of scheduled work or side projects that are still part of IMVU. Second, I have a lot of ideas and proposals for personal projects outside work. As a sad and distant third, I have a stack of video games and books I want to get around to reading. And I have vague ambitions towards going out and having a life.
Is this good? Am I better off with too much to do? It seems that way. But at this rate, personal projects and video games are getting delayed indefinitely. I don’t know how to budget my free time. Here are the pros and cons of the contenders:
Do more regular work
- Makes me look like a hard worker
- Makes me reliable
- That stuff needs to get done
- Proves my parents wrong (they think I’m lazy)
- Removes variety from my life
- Increases risk of burning out
Do side projects for IMVU
- These are things that will never get done if I don’t do them
- Finishing something that was entirely my idea and helped the business out is fantastic for the career
- Also good for the career just to have a reputation for caring about the company
- Same as doing normal work outside work, only less severe
Work on personal projects
- Make some extra money
- Have something to put on my resume
- Have something to blog about and show off at devhouse etc
- Earn some nerd cred / help with networking
- Learn new technologies
- Programming on a personal project is cathartic
- Not garaunteed to do any of the above
- Scope of projects severly limited by time constraints
- Maybe it will eventually lead to having a girlfriend
- Fights burnout
- Can be good for networking
- Keep current on the games industry
- Costs money
- Doing too much of this can cost me my reputation for being a hard worker
It seems to me like I need to find a strategy for deciding which one to do. As is, I just wing it, which is making me burn myself out, not improve my skills with new technologies, and not network or get a girlfriend. And my parents aren’t even around for me to say I-told-you-so.
What do you think, blood pact? How do you guys manage your free time?