“I stopped caring about my career when I had kids,” he says. “Everything that I do, every decision that I make, is how I can get home to my four-year-old and six-year-old faster.”

I love this quote from Scott Hanselman, a program manager at Microsoft, author and avid blogger and speaker. It’s from a talk he gives about increasing your productivity.

One of the insights is to clean out mental clutter by making sure every decision you make helps you reach your ultimate goal. A goal you decide is most important to you, whether that’s making money, growing your business, or spending time with your kids.

The rest of the tips in the article are good, so definitely give it a read.

An itch

I suffer from an ailment of never being content doing only the work required day to day. Lately I’ve been getting the itch to start building something from scratch again. The last thing I put a lot of time into building was BrewTrackr, and that was almost three years ago.

So the next step, and one of the hardest in my opinion second only to actually building, is figuring out what to do. I have a list of various random ideas that I add to whenever a thought enters my mind. This time I think I might focus on ways to make WordPress better through making a plugin.

Alternatively, if you have any ideas or want to collaborate a bit on something, I’m all for it.

It’s a few years, and it’s over

We have a few special years with our children when they’re the ones that want us around. After that you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention … It’s a few years, and it’s over.

I decided to watch the movie Hook last night after realizing it’s been a while since I last watched it. This quote really grabbed my attention. It is said by the wife of Robin Williams’ character in a scene where he is working too hard and ignoring his children trying to play with him.

It hit me in the heart because it’s completely true, and reflective of a place I was a couple years ago. My day job, side projects, and the early stages of a startup was taking over and I found myself spending more time on the computer than with my wife and newborn daughter.

The quote ends with what really cut me to the quick.

You are not being careful. And you are missing it.

I’m glad I’m now at a point where I’m limiting my side projects in favor of spending that time with my family. It’s very easy to get caught up in work and become blind to how it affects your loved ones who struggle to get any attention from you. That’s probably a post in itself tough.

Park City, Utah

This past week was the annual Automattic Grand Meetup in Park City, Utah. The mountain views were incredible, and every single one of the people I met were just as amazing. I got to spend the week working on a project with colleagues I don’t normally work with which was really fun. There were also plenty of activities planned from paintball to skydiving to disc golf.

My only regret is not signing up for more Utah-specific activities like canyon river rafting and a photo walk downtown. I opted for paintball and disc golf instead. So on the morning of the last day I made sure to get up on one of the mountain hiking trails to take a few photos. I’m glad I did because walking around the gorgeous location by myself was very peaceful and relaxing — just what I needed at the end of the exhausting week.

All in all it was a wonderful week. Very exhausting and mentally draining, but a lot of fun meeting some of my 270+ colleagues (there’s no way I could have sanely met all of them in a week’s time). Thank you to all of you that I met and made my first Grand Meetup an overwhelming and beautiful experience.

For those of you who don’t work with me yet, why not change that? We’re hiring!