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Open Source, Blogging, Work-Life balance.

August 10th 2005 in Thoughts

Something I always felt but could not tell firmly – we achieve so less at the end of the day and that we need not come to office for work. And it was opined by a clearer way in one of those discussions by Anil. We actually need no human interaction. The office setup in earlier days was required because of the interaction with customers or other team members. Now all we need is a computer (with network goes without saying), a phone connection. If companies can provide that at our homes itself what is the need of coming to office? The work is defined and it is left to us how we actually go about doing it. This is true even if we are coming to office or not. At the end we need to show the output. If we can do all this from home, we can save so much of travelling time (some of my friends spend almost 3-4 hours daily in the chocking traffic). If there is so much need of interaction, then weekly once or monthly once we can have the meeting in the office. Companies can actually save the spending on offices and many other facilities!
Paul Graham essays in What Business Can Learn from Open Source about this, open source, startups, blogging and more: (Must read)

So these, I think, are the three big lessons open source and blogging have to teach business: (1) that people work harder on stuff they like, (2)that the standard office environment is very unproductive, and (3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down.

Dave Sifry notes some interesting in the periodic update of blogosphere growth.

Along with the facts like “A new blog is created every second” and “Approx 10 new posts every second”, these are the other findings:
55% of the blogs are active and 13% are updated at least weekly (I belong here!).
Weekends tend to be slower posting days. ( This is opposite to my posting!! Also, I had guessed that most bloggers make use of their office PC..oh! how true!!)

More here

On work life balance Brad Feld suggests some habits like
(1) Spend Time Away, (2) Life Dinner, (3) Segment Space, (4) Be Present,
and (5) Meditate


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