Joseph Kim

chief maker @ huupe

Palo Alto, CA

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co-founder & chief maker @huupeHQ

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Ever since reading "The 7 Habits" by Stephen Covey fresh out of college, my overall time management framework has been approaching work/task with the four-quadrant decision matrix:

TLDR: By doing 2, 1 will go away or at least reduced dramatically. Be ruthless (primarily to myself) about saying NO to 3 and 4.

In terms of day-to-day time management, I use a variant of Pomodoro Technique (I did not even know this had a name). I have my computer tell me time every 30 minutes, and during one "unit" of 30 minutes, I absolutely focus on the work on hand. No sneaking at an incoming msg, no answering a call, not even a bathroom break.

The URL to wiki above as well as a number of sites have more detailed and formal approach to this. For me, I call it a good day if I can achieve about a dozen a day.

My job is programming, and I have practiced this for a while now, so a dozen comes pretty easy most of the days, and many days I go well over a dozen. The challenge is to maintain a streak even through the days that are not so conducive to focused work. Here, again, being ruthless about saying no to distractions is required. 

By the way, note that my aim is about a dozen units a day, so about 6 hours. So this would leave plenty of time for meetings,1-on-1s, socialize, personal stuff, rest, etc. Just not during my focused maker time. 


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I don't know if my situation qualifies as insomnia, but I often wake up around 3am - 4am and then have a hard time fall back to sleep. This typically happens when I am under stress. I used to try to go back to sleep knowing that I will suffer through the day if I don't get enough sleep. But of course, more I try, more I would not fall back asleep.

Several years back, I decided I will just get up and start to do something - read, work, get on the elliptical, whatever. For me, at least, this helped me quite a bit. Yes, I would suffer the following day, but I figured I would suffer anyways spending several hours in the bed trying to fall back to sleep, so might as well get something done.

I now have less number of interrupted sleep. I certainly don't have the professional opinion as to why, but a personal theory is that one big contributor to my condition was the fear (and stress) of the condition itself, and now it went away.

I don't know how applicable this is to you, but hope it helps.


One of the more interesting data on work/life balance can be found at Nathan Yau's infographics at Workflow. Using the US Census Bureau American Community Survey dataset, it tells you roughly how many Americans share your work-life-salary-commute balance.

For example, Yau's tools show there are precious 28,492 Americans with bachelor's degree, earn annual salary of $100,000 or more, commute for less than an hour, and get to work less than 40 hours a week.

Now, move the "Weekly Hours" slider to "40 t0 49" hours, the survey indicates one is in much bigger cohorts of 546,156 Americans.

The site also has other slicing and dicing view that let's you see cohorts in table view, say, comparing education vs. income or income vs. work hours.

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