I remember a while back I learned about the project triangle technique when starting projects. One corner is how fast it needs to be done, the second one is how much it will cost and the third one is how good does it need to be.
The whole idea behind it is that out of the three characteristics of your project you can only have two. So it can be fast and cheap but it wont be good, fast and good but it won’t be cheap or cheap and good but it’ll take a while to develop. I think that this principle also applies to the life of a new parent in my opinion. if we change the variables to family time, work time and personal time then again you can only choose two.
I feel that I’ve been selfish lately and have been spending most of my personal time trying to improve my design skills. This sucks though, because by the wisdom of the chart it means I can’t have spent much time with my girls. So I’ve decided that from this moment on (after writing this post) there’s going to be ‘no-computer time’ which means exactly what the name says.
Where in the chart do you find yourself?