Like everyone these days, I’m time poor. I have one, maybe two hours a day to do creative, personal things. This is usually first thing in the morning (I always get up at six to study/blog etc before work) or at lunchtime during the week if I’m not running an errand. I try not do anything in the evening, because that’s family time (ie. shouting at the kids).
Sometimes I get ‘golden time’. That’s time when I have longer than normal for my personal work and I can disappear into a bubble of self-indulgence. And last week, lots of time, golden and otherwise, presented itself to me. So, did I spend it creatively animating with After Effects? Practicing my French? Playing the Guitar? Or even to post pithy blog entries?
Of course not.
Instead, I played around with Twitter, discovered Hahlo, installed Fluid so I could use Hahlo as a MenuExtra SSB and also made my Gmail into a fluidapp too. I wrestled with a Userscript for Hahlo to allow Growl notification and had another tussle with Dropbox. I put Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome onto our PC so I could be a browser floozy in Vista too. I also decided to sign up for Huffduffer. What time I had left, I spent reading a book I bought last year (but havn’t got around to reading yet) about Microformats.
At 3am this morning, I woke up covered in sweat and feeling guilty, realising what had happened – my inner geek had just hi-jacked my week.