The UX of Being ON

By | September 19, 2011

For me, work and home have wildly different cadences. At work, I am in the zone. 20 places at once, solving problems for people, answering questions, counseling the grief stricken disgruntled, inspiring the new employees. Killing them softly with my song. 90% of my week is not at my desk. I am in flow most of my day.  I am ON.

At home, I try to defrag and relax. I play tennis with the kids and watch them play music. (guitar, drums, bass, etc) I read. We eat. The pace slows down. This is when my mind processes all of the information of the week. I am OFF. It focuses me. My mind becomes sharp. I am ready for a new day.

It is tiring to be ON for long periods of time.  This is why people need downtime and vacations.  This is why people need escapes, like watching football or playing games.  Being ON gets the best out of people, until they run out of gas.

It would be cool to see how many minutes or hours someone spends being ON versus OFF.  We could have a contest.  I imagine that politicians are ON most of the time they are in public.

One thought on “The UX of Being ON

  1. Ben Nadel

    I find that I cannot think too hard before bed. For at least an hour before hitting the pillow, I need to zone out a bit, put the breaks on. If I don’t, I find I cannot turn my mind off and I lay in bed with my head racing. Then I start to stress that I’m not getting enough sleep (which makes it worse).

    Even coding before bed will do this to me. I either need to have light conversation, or watch a bit of TV. Something that doesn’t require me to think too deeply.

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