Days go by

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 11:18 PM | comments: 0

I realized today that days go by in huge quantities where I don't work on any personal projects, and it bothers me. My personal projects aren't just a source of income, they're also the thing that keeps me sharp and gives me room to experiment in a way that a day job can't. Granted, we've been crazy busy lately, with the move, the Ohio trip, packing prior to the move and generally looking after Simon as he's a lot less independent when he's teething. But the fact is, I haven't checked in any code in three weeks.

The other thing is that I've been a lot more engaged at work since we started a new project, and that's a good thing. It just happens to be a trade-off, because I'm less interested in writing code at home when I've been doing it all day. Our dev director made a comment to me that he was surprised that more devs don't have little side projects/businesses like we do (he does, but I do see how families, hobbies and indeed your day job can put you off from it.

I'd still like to pour some focus into finishing the MVC version of the forum app in time for the framework's v3 release (if I told you when that is, apparently I'd have to kill you), and especially before volleyball gets really intense. In fact, I was even asked about integrating it into an open source CMS being developed at work. Heck, it has almost 300 downloads and it's not even usable yet!

The bottom line is that I need to manage my time better, and that means figuring out how to spend time with Simon and Diana, watch Fringe and Modern Family, as well as write code and get some exercise.


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