Keeping up

It used to be that you could keep abreast with the news by reading the Sunday morning newspapers, or at least that’s how it seemed. Now I find that I scan several hundred RSS feeds to track all the news I care about. The birth of the Blogosphere is a mixed blessing to anyone with a life. You have to fit your surfing and professional development in around everything else. According to Google’s analysis of my reading patterns, I seem to be doing most of that after dark:

It’s an unhealthy pattern, which I picked up in university – I feel guilty if I’m not doing something useful. After I left university I tried to shed the habit, but I never seem to have done it successfully for very long. I have to force myself to sit in front of the box. Last century anthropologists remarked about how driven we all seem in comparison to the leisurely lifestyle of indigenous peoples. We’ll, I wonder what they would make of a pattern like this? People feel that in order to keep up they must give up on sleep. There doesn’t seem to be much room for plain old fun in this pattern eh? In Readify, they classify people in this category as night-programmers – and they regard them a more recruitable for obvious reasons. I can’t help think it’s a euphemism for hopeless workaholics. Not that I mind that much – I get more of a sense of achievement from an evening programming than I do from a night in front of the TV, but I still wonder.

I gotta do something about this. Something’s gotta give – but what?

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3 comments

  1. I have recently gone through a transmogrification process, following increased work pressures, and reading into the area of ‘success’.

    Success is a slippery thing – it’s different for everyone, and isn’t as simple and most superficially believe. Having lots of money would not make most any more successful, for instance – as most consider success to be only judged by others.

    But in truth, money is just a convenient excuse for not doing what you want to do. Neither Ralph Fiennes or Ellen McArthur are millionaires, and arguably, the fortunes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are just side-effects of their internal passion for business and technology.

    Once I had defined my personmal idea of success – primarily quality time with my family, things became easy to decide – based on their positive/negative impact on that yardstick.

    My stress levels have now gone right down, but more importantly, they only ‘spike’ up during working hours. When I leave work, I leave the issues behind, – at least until the next morning. This is compulsory, or it would impact my quality time.

    I still browse and code until the early hours, but it’s now an optional addiction, rather than what defines me as a person.

    I’m still working on my other key success ideal – perpetual financial stability, but the challenge is to achieve it without sacrificing my more important goals.

  2. Agree. You can see that the only time I never read my news articles is the time between when I get home and when the kids finally settle down… by which time Kerry and I are normally so knackered we need to lie down!

  3. Hahaha…so it’s not just me! I find that i can’t sleep before midnight anymore – oh well, while I’m up I might as well catch up on some reading.

    Eventually i’ll be completely nocturnal. ;-)

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