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Comments on: Balance between design work and play? http://designnotes.info/?p=856 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 By: christina http://designnotes.info/?p=856&cpage=1#comment-3085 Mon, 08 Jan 2007 15:33:27 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=856#comment-3085 It would have been insightful to have those panel members’ spouses, kids, other family members and friends there to give their opinion of whether their loved one has found balance in their work and life. Maybe it’s the woman in me talking, but getting pissy during the third phonecall in order to make your husband come home from the office doesn’t sound like balance to me. And if you’re spending from 9 to 9 at work, not having a computer at home doesn’t seem like that much of a sacrifice afterall. Just my .02.

By: christina http://designnotes.info/?p=856&cpage=1#comment-3084 Mon, 08 Jan 2007 05:41:50 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=856#comment-3084 Jer was my Flash instructor about five years ago and a fantastic instructor at that. Being a freelancer, I know how easy it is to get ensconsed in the workload; in taking on whatever comes your way; being everything to everybody at all times. When I’m going through my busiest periods, working 50+ hours a week, I am miserable. I have no energy, focus or clarity to do anything excellent – from my design work right down to my bookkeeping. But when things are this busy, I keep reminding myself that these are the prime earning years. I think Jer’s on to something. Not sure how much money he’s got left over for the retirement savings fund but … not my business. I know that I want something bewteen what he’s got and what everyone else on that panel is doing.

Obviously ‘balance’ is defined differently by each person.

I need more downtime now than when I was working 9 to 5 in someone else’s shop. I sacrifice my personal time all the time for my best clients although more and more, I am demanding they give me more time on their projects. I am tired of “rush” being a given. If “rush” continues to be a given, then I will definitely have to get out of this business sooner rather than later. More often than not, because of aforementioned rush, my clients are getting price and delivery, and the quality of the work suffers. Personally, I’d rather one of the other two suffer.

By: michael http://designnotes.info/?p=856&cpage=1#comment-3079 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 17:24:37 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=856#comment-3079 I think the most salient thing for me was a reminder that it is impossible for ‘employees’ to find work-life balance if their bosses don’t.

I think you’re pretty much on target with that comment Robert. As for Jeremy’s views – I really didn’t agree with him for the most part. It probably comes more from a philosophical point of view than anything else. I don’t know him or his work and if he’s happy w/ where he’s at, than it really isn’t up to me to say he’s wrong. But his attitude was almost slacker though that term is probably more harsh than it needs to be. Basically I’m not sure how far you can really go to be a success if all you’re trying to do is less work and go to more concerts….

By: Robert Ouimet http://designnotes.info/?p=856&cpage=1#comment-3078 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 06:20:39 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=856#comment-3078 Micheal,

You’re write that the group was a bit biased on the ‘owner-operator’ side. Jeremy’s views on ‘work less’ were honest and in direct contradiction to what others were saying.

Personally, I think the ‘work forever’ ethic is nuts. It isn’t healthy and it isn’t smart. It’s also rather macho. Having kids who pointed to the computer when someone asked “where’s dad?” really made me question the value of what I was doing.

I think the most salient thing for me was a reminder that it is impossible for ’employees’ to find work-life balance if their bosses don’t.