So many of us live Noisy lives, lives that look busy and productive and in many ways are all of that. But I'm 38 and if I died tomorrow, none of that crap would amount to a hill of beans except that my family would be reasonably provided for and would think I was a super swell, no-nonsense guy. But it takes an immense amount of courage to begin to eliminate the noise and take on more signal. Lots of people say do it slowly but the more I run into the Noise, the more I begin to think you have to "Burn the Boats" as was mentioned in another thread. It's just too easy to slip back into the comfort of the Noise. Because for all it keeps me from doing, the Noise feels good because it helps me avoid the fact that there's almost no Signal in my life.
- Henry David Thoreau Walden (1854)
It's not that we shouldn't read, but we should not deceit ourselves about the value of what we read.
After a few months the noise crept back, it was a way to take a break from work that took less effort than getting off my ass and going outside.
There's also a factor of having nowhere to go if you live in a shithole. I wonder if people from Europe waste as much time on Twitter/HN because typically their real world surroundings are better. Maybe the whole social networking craze is driven by the horrible residential planning in the US.
That's why I'm working as a semi-independent contractor and trying to launch stuff on my own. At least if a project gets too noisy, I get to say NO a lot.
Take a mental step back and look at what you are doing on a larger scale. I'm not good at this, but I think it would make the noise clearer, and easier to quiet.
I do work remotely, with flexible schedule and all that, but I have rented an office pretty close to my home.
Just wanted to say: I don't know how other people can work from home.
Start early, put on real clothes. Work out tasks, then get cracking.
Since 'great article, I agree completely' comments get downvoted on Hacker News (that's what the up arrow's for), a lot of upvotes and few comments means the article is both good and not particularly contentious.
I suspect you're partially right, but also how insightful is a comment "yeah, I hate my job, too"?
I decided to quit my (great in many ways) job during my 2 week break end of last year and I'm working my last days of the transition/notice period. Because of the extended transition period, I've had a lot of time to reflect on the noise (and signal) of my position. I'm definitely going to miss the signal, the coworkers, and the comp, but the noise was absolutely unbearable at times, and more often than not, completely unnecessary. It was fabricated, chosen noise, not the ever-present inherent noise in a profit-seeking company.
I'll let you know in a year if choosing less noise and way less guaranteed comp (at a startup) was a good call. Anecdotally, of course...