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Discussion on: Do you have any energy and time for your personal goals after a full day of work at your job?

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Thomas Junkツ

The answer is complicated.
The easy one here is time. One of the things I realized by getting older is that time is scarce. Since getting older involved getting married and having two kids there is very little time left for personal - in the sense of individualistic - goals.

The answer to that part is: I have little time.

Next is the part concerning energy. The answer here is varying due to workload, daily performance level, food consumption, sleep etc.
So the answer here is: Yes, there are days where I have energy left which wasn't consumed by something else.

The really hard part is about personal goals.
That shifted a lot, because of the varying interpretation of what my goals are. And having little to no time helps focussing on what your goals are.

So setting realistic goals is helpful here.

If you accept that, you could say: »No, I do not do any sideprojects and code irregularly from time to time in a language I like just for the sake of doing it« and at the same time:

»Yes, I have energy and time for personal goals«.

That interpretation of the question doesn't fit in a headhunter's profile but in my definition of work life balance.

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Ilona Codes Author

Thank you for so the expanded answer! I appreciate it 🙂