Goal failure, but it's OK

posted by Jeff | Sunday, August 29, 2010, 10:12 PM | comments: 0

I planned to reach another milestone this weekend with the forum app, so I could post another preview. It didn't happen. I did zero coding this weekend.

And that's OK.

I've spent a ton of time on personal projects lately, and I wonder if that's part of the reason I've been getting burned out at work as well. So this weekend, I figured that if I felt like it, I'd work on it, and if not, whatever. It does have some momentum, and I'm surprised at how many people look at it or have downloaded it on CodePlex, but I can't sustain the effort constantly.

It's not the only thing that had to give. The Windows Phone 7 app I was building I have put off as well, so I won't be entering the contest at work (it wasn't quite that interesting anyway). I'll still do it, absolutely, but I'll wait a bit. The final version of the tools come out next month, and there's one key feature that'll be in there that I'd like to use.

Setting these more realistic expectations is part of a bigger effort to balance myself out a bit. On weekends, I like spending time with Simon and Diana (even when the little guy isn't feeling great, like the last week). I like writing recreational code. I like coaching, and I'm trying to figure out how to do that again. I like reading magazines, however silly that seems. I can't use all of my free time to write code.


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