New York is a city of multi-taskers. Most of my peers in the tech industry (media, publishing, advertising..) all have a variety of jobs, gigs, tasks, etc. My friend Nichelle was quoted in the Times in an article about being able to juggle several varying kinds of different work at once. She manages to handle with aplomb being a publicist, bookkeeper, producer, the list goes on and on. I think the people in New York are more dynamic then possibly anywhere else.
But lately I’ve been struggling with finding balance between the various types of work in my life. I’ve been working as an IT consultant for years at various small businesses around the city. I also have been doing an increasing amount of web consulting, helping companies move from static to more dynamic, interactive web publishing. I enjoy seeing the way other companies in other industries work, it helps me reflect on the company I’m building, what to take away and avoid.
But there is the endless tweaking of how much consulting work to schedule to keep the bills paid, while devoting enough time to 30elm (which usually runs 50 or so hours a week..). I’m starting to build more thoughtful quiet time to my carefully color-coded iCal, and am becoming more and more aware of the value of all the smal pieces of time I have. I’ll keep you updated as I continue to make these time tweaks..