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It's snowing again

The world outside is all white. For the past week or so it's felt positively vernal, and most of the snow melted. There were still a few inches on the ground in most places, but not nearly as much as had been there. While I like warm weather, I don't think winter was out of my system yet, so I'm glad it's snowing again. Due to my semi-invalid state of being, I can't help with the shoveling, so that probably makes the snow feel more pleasant.

These past five days of being laid up have really calmed me down. I'm feeling better about life in general now. I guess it's given me time to focus on several of my outstanding Projects in addition to work, which makes me feel like I'm actually accomplishing stuff for me, not just for pay.

Google employees are given one day each week to work on their own projects (with the stipulation that those projects should have the potential to help the company). I totally understand how this helps their productivity. When all my creative energy is spent on work, I guess I start to feel burned out and a little out of control; I want to feel like I have time to spend my energy on my own desires, not just the stuff I'm getting paid to do.

Is this a common thing? Does it happen to people who don't work in computers? I think part of it is that computer work isn't just my chosen profession, it's also my passion and hobby. If it wasn't, I think my work would suffer, but I might have an easier time feeling fulfilled,

Anyway, hello Monday. Back to work.

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ydna
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
(My guess is) It's a common thing for knowledge workers who's personal interests and hobbies collide with their profession. I think we see much more of that in information technology than other sectors (even though IT is being overrun by day-job types that don't have computers as a hobby/passion looking for a big paycheck).

No, if I could fine a job that dealt with building model train layouts, I'd truly be in heaven.
duchez
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I think it's fair to say that this happens more for people whose hobbies collide with profession, but saying it's more common in IT is unfair. What about the arts? The artists who are busy slogging through what would pay the bills instead of working on their masterpiece? Or writers too busy churning out thousands of words for their day jobs instead of working on their own projects? This is nothing new - and is definitely not something that's more common in IT. Information Technology is just a newcomer to the age-old dilemma of satisfying the belly or the muse.
ydna
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I stand (sit) corrected. Thank you. I think the (new to me) phrase, "satisfying the belly or the muse," is going to resonate with me for a while. I suspect it may become an important thought pretty soon for my computer related career.
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