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The Great Work / Life Balance

Life’s a funny thing. Sometimes you create new habits, believe they are firmly in place and a few changes come up and suddenly you revert back to old habits. Wonder Publishing Group has been moving glacially slow lately. Some re-tooling of my bad habits and replacing them with new productive ones will help. Now you’re wondering what terrible, salacious bad habits I have. We’ll save those tawdry bits for the last paragraph.

Okay, now that you skipped ahead to the last paragraph, I’m glad to see you’re back. So I don’t know how productive it is to see where I went off the tracks. Last year at this time I was publishing four titles every two weeks. Lately, nada. I’ve been pretty hard on my self, but that’s a defeating habit in itself. I’ve been getting some things done, but not anywhere to my satisfaction.

There were three event changes in my life recently that drew a lot of my time. One and the most serious, was my father’s health. Although I spent a fair deal of time taking care of his new situation, I spent more time mentally on his care and future. He’s now in an assisted living home and things have stabilized for now. Second, my wife returned to work . This is wonderful news in itself but now all the things she was doing is not getting done as prodigiously as before. With three children there’s a lot of after school activities. So I’m a “soccer dad”, either going to scouting, sports, other after school activities. The third reason is the one that goads me. I bought an iPad so that I can do publishing work while I’m at my day job. This was to be my productivity device. Well you know how seductive new gadgets are. You have to try some games after all. I found myself playing Pinball HD whenever my mind went to that place “what should I do now?”. Well my mind kept going there and I kept playing the dumb pinball game. I’m a strong believer in not getting sucked into wasting time playing video games. But hey! Pinball is old school. Sure it’s on the iPad so that’s not totally true, but when you’re rationalizing, do you really need a reason? So today deleted the game from the iPad. Ah the new taste of freedom.

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