Work-life friction

Reflection leads to discovery.

I’ve realized something. Gearbox Magazine and The Gearhead Project (and GBXM|university and vehicle repairs and consulting various gearhead friends’ businesses and maybe some kind of book I’d like to be writing) are always cycling through my mind.

Especially when I’m not at work.

And it’s damn tricky. If I can hustle up and make progress on those projects, they’ll change my life. They might even change YOUR life. Shit. Together we could change the world.

But is changing the world worth sacrificing relationships with my wife and child?

Without hesitation, my answer is NO.

But those ideas keep cycling through my mind. And I see how they could provide me with more time and money to spend with and on my family. Rising tides lift all boats, after all. The friends and families of those who actively build a better world are usually the first to realize the benefits of said improvement.

Lots to unpack with this one. (And I see the work-life balance thing happening. Shh.)

Discovery leads to action.

Opportunity cost & The Call

Trying to stay on top of things.

I feel like, for the most part, I’ve been running a couple days behind on publishing these dailies. It’s always been something of a struggle, to be perfectly honest.

The original idea was to write something the night before and schedule it (for 3:11AM GMT-7). But then I got to wondering, what does that mean when I want to write about “today” or “tomorrow”? You’re reading this today, but I wrote it yesterday. Or did I write it three days from now and backdate it?

Regardless, when I get behind, I typically obsess over these. Not so much because I feel like anyone’s so into these they expect them daily, but because I said I would publish them daily. After all, this is just as much an exercise in commitment and consistency for me as it is anything else.

And yet, with GBXM waking back up, I’m having these moments where I’m all, “Oh shit. How long has it been since I published a daily on Parallel?”

This site is where I’m working through things. Right now, a lot of those things are GBXM-related.

It just reminded me of how multi-tasking is really task-chunking, the human brain hates that open loop shit, and it comes at a cognitive price.

I won’t be stopping these dailies anytime soon.