It's nice to see people waking up to the idea that destroying your twenties by working in front of a computer is an unhealthy thing. Take the long view. Life is short.
This is such a common story. I start work at 9 and stop at 6. That's it, no more, unless there's something urgent. It's amazing how much you can get done in those 9 hours if you concentrate.
I left 5 years ago, and I'm so glad I did. It's enabled me to think to myself, away from the noise, and at the same time stay in touch with the "real" world, whom, eventually you're really working for anyway.
With all of the opportunities to do things, it can be hard to see that if you just chose to do fewer things, you could be better at the things that you did decide to do. Also, that if you take some time to relax, the quality of your work can be enhanced.
I realized that all I need for my life can be packed into a carry-on sized suite case and I had perfectly enough space in a hotel room. I will never feel the need for 5 bedroom house so that I can have a man cave, a home office or "an entertainment room" and a whole basement load of stuff.
There is this great movie about simplified life (yes there was also relationship and George Clooney) - Up in the air.
Do you not have any hobbies?
Except moving takes a huge amount of time and energy. Not just the move, but the shopping, fixing up and changing up random things around the house, visitors who want to see the new place, not to mention the new yard is bigger and will take more time to keep up.
I'm about 3 months behind where I was.
I can definitely relate to a lot of the article. The "perpetual feelings of guilt" that you should be working, thats a popular toxic Startup Machismo, Startupcore, mentality.
I have to say, I finally caved last week and started buying things like mad from The Container Store (which is worth a whole post in and of itself). I finally understand the importance of spending a bit more to get quality items organize as much of your home as possible, and the sense of peace it can bring. It's also helping me get rid of a lot of unnecessary items, which is very cathartic.
I know this is a bit off-topic, but it got me thinking and I figure there's a large Redmond audience here. I'm moving there soon and I'm struggling with whether to ditch my car or not. I'll be living downtown and work is under a mile away.
Anyone care to comment?
The bus system in the Seattle Metro area is not amazing but but you pick where you live knowing this, you shouldn't have a problem. Being near a main transit line or close to a transit center can get you to Bellevue and Seattle fairly easily (might take an hour for the latter).
If you're up for it, I'd really recommend getting a bike. You can ride about half the time during the spring/fall and all days in the summer. Redmond has a lot of bike-friendly areas but, on the Eastside (across the lake from Seattle, Redmond is considered in this area) the drivers are much less bike friendly and cautious so be careful.
In general, the area you're moving to is pretty car-centric but you can definitely make do and you'll be very glad you did on the nice days!
Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.
> I'd really recommend getting a bike
For sure. Work is a mile away by road, but it's only two by trail. I'm really excited about that.
My main worry is that it'll be awful to go anywhere during the winter. Do people there bike through winter?
No offense whatsoever, but taking three years to rid yourself of uneccessary material possessions is WAY too long!
It should take you 5 seconds to decide if you need something in your life. If not, it should take 5 more seconds to decide how to get rid of it.
About getting rid of unnecessary things: For each item I buy (say a pair of new socks), one old has to go. Usually I throw away (or donate) more than one item while I am at it. It's a long-term lifestyle change. But the last time I have moved was the least stressful ever.
I've been wanting to simplify my life for a while now, but where do I start?
Then do it again. Then do it in other places. It's a long term thing.
But getting rid of a single thing you don't need is the start.