The Ruby Freelancers Show 005 – Work/Life Balance

by woody2shoes on February 24, 2012


  • Charles Max Wood (   )
  • Eric Davis (  )
  • Evan Light (  )
  • Jeff Schoolcraft (  )


  • Separate things out by day
  • Set a fixed schedule
  • The downside of being hourly
  • Flexibility
  • Ebb and Flow with balance
  • Get help
  • Subcontractors
  • Contracting out Design Work
  • Cut back
  • Batch up the work
  • Food delivery services (frozen pre-cooked/pre-made meals)
  • Cleaning services
  • Batch dinners
  • Every Sunday pay bills/expenses
  • Balance the checkbooks
  • Build systems
  • Exercise & Sleep
  • Build it into your routine


  • (Eric)
  • (Eric)
  • (Jeff)
  • (Jeff)
  • (Jeff)
  • (Evan)
  • Finding Outside Help (Evan)
  • (Chuck)
  • Keep a Water Bottle at your Desk (Chuck)
  • (Eric)
  • (Evan)
  • (Evan)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Zachary Tong February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hey guys, really enjoying the show so far. I’m a new freelancer so a lot of your tips and conversations have been *really* helpful so far.

Regarding air quality: I built myself a DIY air purifier for ~$30 and it works great. The previous tenants of my apartment owned cats, which I’m allergic to. Despite steam cleaning, I was still pretty miserable from cat dander floating around.

The DIY purifier is basically a box fan with a furnace filter duct-taped on top. I was dubious until I saw the following video by U Michigan:

So basically, if anyone needs a cheap air purifier that works pretty well for $30, I highly recommend the DIY route.


Evan Light February 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

With the added benefit of resulting white noise for concentration.

Not so good for VoIP though I imagine,


Zachary Tong March 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Yeah, I switch it off when I have to call someone, but on the lowest setting it isn’t too bad.


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