Archives for February, 2011

With all the technology around us it is easy to imagine how life could look like in the (not so far!) future – but it’s way better to actually see it in a cool video rather than imagine it, right? Enjoy!

Work-Life Balance

While working over the last year I devoted quite a bit of time to thinking about work-life balance. I have seen people working very hard, till late hours (sometimes over the weekends) often without this really contributing to their career and only messing with their health and well-being. I have also seen people who would do their solid 8-9 hours of work per day and never complain about the stresses of the workplace. What kept bugging me was the question of why there are such huge differences. Obviously the simple answer is that people have different priorities in life, but I think there is more to that… Maybe some people don’t really want work-life balance? Working late hours, from my observations, seems to mean one of four things – you’re either passionate about your work, you care enough to offer to help with a tight deadline (or anything else), you’re really inefficient or you’re not able to say “no”. There’s probably more reasons… My observations were limited.

Recently this video (a TED Talk) has came to my attention and I wanted to share it with you:

The basic message of the video is that every person is responsible for their personal work-life balance. Not co-workers, not the employer, not your family, but yourself. If you don’t balance it, no one will do it for you. And “balancing” is a true skill, one can easily say that some are better at it, while others may fail miserably. Enjoy the video!

New chapter

After a year spent working in business consulting I have been employed at Google in its Dublin EU Headquarters. It’s been a long year and I have given a lot of thought to many issues – I hope to write about them in the upcoming weeks, along with my thoughts on the new job, new employer, new city, huh, new everything. Basically, it seems like I’m starting a new chapter in my life. It feels great!

There’s not much that I can write right now, except for the fact that I have already tried out the food at Google’s famous cantine and I can tell you that the opinions were not exaggerated – the food is fantastic and it’s all for free.

I hope to write more in the next few weeks. My plan is to share much more articles/videos/thoughts, both serious and fun, with a short comment from my side and write my own personal texts just once in a while. This way I’ll be able to deliver more content! I’m also planning to redesign the site so that it delivers more value to the end user. All comments are welcome!


Current Highlights

Beginning February 2011 I have started a new job at Google in its EU HQ in Dublin, Ireland. I will be responsible for AdWords-related issues for the UK / Ireland market.

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