• Marian Willeke


There's nothing quite like time away from digital devices to reset your priorities. When camping, you have digital capacity to actually do work and far more focus on what's immediately around you.

Getting work down while on the road requires a change in my approach; instead of "day hours" and creating a boundary around that, I simply know exactly what items need to be done or percentage of a project. Meeting choices are with intention and care because it impacts road time.

These begs the question... Why do I need to work a certain number of hours when I'm home?

Granted, life is not a holiday. But it is a perspective.

When work drives my decisions, I am more distant, more stressed, more annoyed. I want people to behave a certain way so that I can min-max appropriately.

When family drives my decisions, my work still gets done; weaved throughout my day.

Taking time slots off the table takes it from rigid planning to flow. Ironically, a flow approach takes more planning, but this time in terms of output. What people need contacted? What tasks need done? What projects need the next iteration?

This has a higher impact than starting at 10a with email. An hour later you look up and nothing has been done towards those tasks or projects. You just have the endorphin rush of short term accomplishment.

I have always struggled to focus on connection over heroism. But to have family, and a full life, I have to prioritise the connection.

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