Where does one draw the line between personal interests and professional interests?
The line between personal and professional gets blurry, particularly if you have a home office and if you live what Bill Gates used to call "the web lifestyle." My email inbox contains project updates, appeals for help, ads for credit counseling and penis enlargement, invitations to speak at conferences, and a note from Mom. I take photos of new products and of my dogs.
Perhaps a better question is "Where should one draw the line between personal and professional?" My time used to be something like this:
I didn't confuse hobbies and vacation with managing a software start-up or selling training programs to large banks.
Yesterday I finished assembling a website for capturing and sharing the history and romance of Berkeley's paths for the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association. A hobby, right? Until I used the same skillset to put together a blog for the Workflow Institute.
If I kept a timecard (perish the thought), I'd have to give most of my waking minutes multiple codes:
It's Saturday morning and I'm preparing a presentation for Tuesday's meeting of the eLearning Forum. That's personal and professional.
I don't have an answer yet. I'll toss it to my subconscious neurons to work on. My high degree of personal and professional activites works for me. I get to do what I like in either realm. This feels right, so long as one sphere doesn't limit the scope of the other:
Do others think this way? Is there a problem?
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