How to find balance…in 13 minutes

June 8, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Balancing Act I haven’t blogged lately because I’ve overcommitted.  When I figure out how to say “no” to more things, I’ll be sure to write about that.  But I have figured out how to make better use of the time I do spend working and relaxing.

The following is a video of me from WordCamp Mid-Atlantic talking about both productivity at work and balance in life.  Though the presentation was initially geared toward blogging, there are 13 minutes I’ve highlighted that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Below the video I’ve listed out the timestamps to skip to, as well as some articles that cover the concepts in greater, actionable detail.  And below that, the slides.  Enjoy!

First off, I hate that I look like Steve Ballmer’s monkey dance at the beginning, but otherwise I was pretty happy with this (huge thank you to Joe Corbett of iStrategyLabs for filming this!).  Here are the hotlinks:

Blogging Tips: 4:45 – 24:20.  I talk about things like using visual text editors, applications like Texter and Q10, etc.  If you write a lot (even it’s not on a blog), there should be some useful tips in there.

The meat of the presentation about BALANCE starts around 24:40 / slide 17 and goes to about 37 minutes:

  • Purge your mind: 24:40 / slide 17: how to make a big ass list
  • Masturbatory statistics 25:20 /  slide 18-19
  • 50:10 Time management 27:25 / slide 20
  • Social media fame vs. real life 29:00 / slide 21: avoiding online popularity
  • Unplugging 29:50 (and some talk about SF vs. Barcelona) / slide 23
  • In the stream, how to deal with Twitter, etc. 31:15 / slide 22
  • Batching email and a cone of silence 32:00 / slide 24: AwayFind
  • Identifying your critical path 33:45
  • Circadian Rhythms – scheduling around your energy 34:50 / slide 26
  • When you’re done with work, go home 35:50 / slide 27


I hope you enjoyed the video : ).  If you have any tips on balance, feel free to share.

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3 Responses to “How to find balance…in 13 minutes”

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  1. Egitisim Kariyer Enstitusu

    That waas perfect. Thank you.

  2. J.D. Meier

    > continuous partial attention does not work.
    Too true and well said.

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