Time well spent …

The beginning of a year is a chance for me to pause and reflect a moment on how this coming year might be different to the last. Admittedly, many February’s see me resigned to the same old same old, and there’s a chance this one will be too. But I’m an optimist …

There’s a lot of chatter these days about “Time well spent” … from Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 annual new year post, where instead of optimizing for how much time users spend on Facebook, Zuckerberg says he “wants the time users do spend be “time well spent.” What that means, according to Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s newsfeed boss, is that video, news, and other content from formal Facebook pages will get less prominence than posts from friends and family. It means that the number of comments on a post will count more than the number of Likes, and it means that posts where people have taken the time to write long comments will get more weight than those with only short comments. News and video will continue to appear in newsfeed, but the number of friends sharing it will matter more than its overall popularity.”
From Wired.

Tristan Harris (former googler) also spoke about “time well spent”, and now I find myself looking at mindfulness apps, yoga class schedules, articles about spending an hour a day reflecting and focussing.

Never mind the work life balance, my real question is – how do we (especially those of us in the frenetic maelstrom of start-up energy) balance the need to DO (operations) and the need to THINK(strategy). Any apps out there? Perhaps we should invent one. Or perhaps a walk in the forest or swim in the sea will do it!