detechifying

I’m not going to have a “summary of 2008” post, as others do. While I’d love to, I don’t feel I could spare all the details here. Instead, I’ll just share the insights I’ve had through the past few weeks, as well as what I’ve been doing.

I’ve been a computer techie for a long time. I made it my course of study, and then my work. I made it my recreation as well. That is what I’m going to change.

A big part of 2008 was unhappiness. A big part of that unhappiness was having no time for other things – in my definition. Through the years I have had some tech-related goals which I didn’t achieve: master many programming languages/systems, become a successful/famous open source developer. My own work for the past few years was good, but these goals lay outside of work. So, what I wanted to do was work on tech for work, and even more tech after work.

That has to go. A number of events have shown to me that I was obsessing too much with things – an unhealthy form of perfectionism. Perfectionism that leads to unhappiness because the Perfect can’t be achieved. So now I’m recalibrating my goals and setting my life direction to have less tech overall.

Less tech overall means better work. I’ll put all my tech effort and study into work. Work is good and it challenges me. That reduces the need to find an outlet elsewhere. Work also gives me other people to work with, other people to teach. As they learn and do their own tech thing, I am happy that others get to do it. One of my frustrations has been, why don’t more people do this-and-that – as since they don’t, it’s my obligation to do it. If other people do it, then I feel I don’t have to.

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7 Responses

  1. Join Toastmasters! Sacha Chua is a Toastmaster. For all techies, try out my club that’s now focusing on tech presentations–http://camanava.freetoasthost.ws. Or if you want to become a regional player–learn Mandarin and join Emperor Mandarin Toastmasters Club–http://emperor.freetoasthost.com.

  2. Ayos lang yan Migz. Hirap din kung puro tech na lang ang laman ng isip mo. It might only serve to burn you out.

    Personally I found out that the best way to get back on the groove of programming is to attend to my non-tech hobbies after work. Not sure if that works for you, but it sure as hell works for me when I fizzle out. πŸ™‚

  3. Zaldy,
    long time! curious that the CaMaNaVa club meets in QC (well, north-western QC) and not in CaMaNaVa.

    Jon,
    That’s the next puzzle – what non-tech hobby to pursue. While I have some non-tech interests, none are engaging enough to be called a hobby.

  4. Would be nice to see you blogging about music now and then.

  5. Ok lang yan, Migz. Magaling ka naman so you can be happy in being good at something at the least. Cool thing is with your smarts you can observe the world around you and do what people my age end up doing… figure out what other problems need to be worked on… even if they are not tech-related. Also… make sure to SIMPLY ENJOY THE RIDE, my friend…With good friends and family, it is also infinitely better. πŸ™‚ and happy new year!

  6. Karen,
    That’s another writing-related problem I have – I don’t know how to critique!

    Paco,
    Thanks! I’m still searching for the right non-tech problem.

  7. Update on Detechifying – this should expand into a longer post.

    I have detechified in the way I said here – no non-work related tech.

    But work bounced back and now I got lots of work related R&D and studying to do. It will pay off, so I need to persevere.

    Still seeking the balance!

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