The holy grail of full-time work from our home has several challenges.  One of the most impactful snares is a blurring of the lines between work and the rest of our life.  Therefore, we need to consider how some work boundaries can be set and enforced.  Slave labor is never a goal, and we need to be aware of whether we are being taken for granted.

Quality Or Quantity

There is always a trade-off in accomplishing a goal.  We can do it fast, cheap, or of quality.  You get two of the three.  Thus, fast and cheap products will lack quality.  High quality requires either more resources (time, money, etc.) or takes longer to complete.  Our boss or manager is making that decision for us, whether they recognize it or not.  We are part of that decision whether we recognize it or not.

When we start our careers, there are limits to those three pillars.  We are not going to be fast, and quality is more costly than later in our experience.  Therefore, it is not uncommon for people to start their careers with many long hours poured into the job.  There is nothing wrong with that.  We are saying that investing time helps us get to the value and quality expected of our work.  As we gain experience, our time should be reduced as our pay and quality are more on par with our typical work.

Making Effective Use of Your Time

Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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