I have a bias against using tools and processes from the workplace to help me move forward with hobbies & creative projects. Most recently, I decided to go against that bias and try a miniature "sprint" for updating my website. I made a list of tasks, assigned it a release version, and tried to do it in less than two weeks. It was successful — it helped me stay focused, break tasks down and get the job done.
Let’s name this bias my opposition to letting work infiltrate life.
Hobbies and creative projects are often an escape from work. Imposing the tools we use at work to increase productivity and efficacy on what we do in our spare time felt wrong to me, at the outset. I’m building this model to relax, not to check off another todo list! or, Why should I think in sprints when I’m just puttering on my website?
The truth is, work infiltrates our lives whether we like it or not—whether it’s our vocabulary, our processes, or how our body feels at the end of the day. Condemning what we learn at work, or work itself as antithetical to a balanced lifestyle ignores a lot of nuance. Instead, in this little example of working on my website, I took a process that made sense for me, and applied it to something I did for fun. It worked, this time around, and I’ll probably try it again.
Work and Life are two distinct wells we draw from at discriminate times, but between them is a complex, indiscriminate, underground water table that feeds both sources.