🎧 Episode 04: Look a pine tree! (Tao of WAO)

Another great Tao of Wao Doug, Laura and Bryan.

The discussion touched upon devices and calling out usage. This reminded me of something that danah boyd once shared:

  1. Verbalize what you’re doing with your phone’
  2. Create a household contract

In regards to ‘work’, I was intrigued by Doug’s discussion of work and non-work (if that is what we want to call meetings etc). It made me wonder if there are some people out there who maybe never ‘work’?

In relation to clocking hours, I personally do not have to worry about that, and must admit, I prefer not stressing about every minute. However, I do quite a bit of development in the creation of various Crystal Reports with a third-party. One of the biggest lessons that I have learnt is that everything counts. This has definitely made me more mindful of the emails I send and the testing I do, especially when you think of every update and request as a fifteen minute block.

As a side note, I wonder how we might rethink email requests and interruptions within organisations if they were billed in fifteen minute blocks?

Lastly, Bryan’s involvement reminded me of the pre-TIDE conversation?

2 responses on “🎧 Episode 04: Look a pine tree! (Tao of WAO)”

  1. Thanks for listening, Aaron! I must have been influenced by danah, because we do indeed have a ‘household contract’ for devices that we negotiated and pinned to our fridge πŸ™‚

    In terms of counting hours, I definitely have a love-hate relationship. Up to this month, and for the last few years, I’ve earned 95% of our household income. So, ideally, I’d love my costs to be covered so that I didn’t have to worry about that.

    But, on the other hand, clocking up 21.5 hours of paid work (including meetings!) and meeting the weekly financial target that my wife and I set is quite liberating. I can go and do whatever I want instead of just having to be around because a contract says so!

    1. Thanks Doug for the reply. Apologies for any offence at your discussion of work. Happy enough with ‘being around’ for now, especially as it makes possible other opportunities and life balances πŸ‘

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