Yesterday my number of upcoming speaking engagements went from 2 to 4
This morning I added 10 new events to Udacious Seattle and starting planning a big capstone event for our Google Udacity Scholar students
… and suddenly it seems like i might need a bigger plate
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I added a bunch of study events for Android students in Udacious Seattle, and I want to try and make as many of them as I can to help any students in need, but 1-2 events a week starts to become a big time commitment on top of everything else
Providing value to members of Udacious Seattle is a big priority to me; especially right now for the scholarship students because they have a real chance of getting a further scholarship if they do well.
I want continue building our community and connecting students with one another for continued in-person learning opportunities
I’m grateful and very excited for all of this, but it just got REAL
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I want to give quality amounts of my time to all of these different projects AND still maintain work/life balance
So far this year, I’ve been very clear with myself: balance comes first. I can’t perform well in any area of my life If I let myself burn out in one.
This mindset is sometimes difficult
Naturally, I want to give my 100% 110% of the time until I’m out of gas, but I’ve learned that’s not the formula for consistent long-term output....balance comes first. I can't perform well in any area of my life If I let myself burn out in one Click To Tweet
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Instead, I’ve worked on being more comfortable in who I am, and better understanding why I am doing all of these things.
I used to feel I had to do these things to be considered “equal” among my peers, or to be seen as a “all star dev”. This thinking would commonly guilt me into working too much and/or on things I wasn’t interested in.
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Now, I really try to focus on only doing these things as the enhance my overall quality and satisfaction of career & life. I am focused on learning, personal growth, and helping others; and because of that shift in mindset I don’t feel shame around taking a day off, or a week, or any length of time
So, when i start to feel a little overwhelmed, i remind myself that each and every thing i have scheduled right now is exciting and going to be a lot of fun.
That little reminder puts things back into perspective and i go back to feeling grateful. If I need to take time off to recharge, I do it and enjoy every second of it guilt free
looking forward to new challenges
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Thoughts or advice on maintaing work/life balance? Comment below or share on social media. I’d love to continue the conversation.