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Man near wave | No Plan - J. Dakar

Sometimes these things happen. That’s the case with the four-month gap since my last post.

Fiscal year-end is always busy, but this year forced me to Oliver Pope like never before while trying to find a balance.

That required another break from the web, but, as Jewel mentioned to me this summer, it offered an opportunity to gain clarity and help me be more effective.

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Trying to Find a Balance

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In mid-March, we began working entirely remotely following the World Health Organization’s designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic. Before then, I worked from home most mornings and spent the afternoons in the office. I realize how fortunate I am to have such an accommodating schedule. Plus, I LOVE what I do! So much so that I’ve often worked well beyond the typical 40-hour workweek. The pandemic’s impact on our work necessitated some of that, but a lot of it was because I wasn’t able to stop working when the workday was supposed to end. 

I spent a few weeks out of the office, which allowed me to reflect on how I could achieve balance when I returned to work.

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Time

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2020 has presented us with plenty. Plenty of differing perspectives. Plenty of illness and loss. Plenty of ingenuity. Plenty of time.

It’s all a lot and can be quite overwhelming. Plus, it’s not over yet!

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What Happened to That Boy?

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JDakar.com 2017

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you.

I’m referring to both you, dear reader, and this little area of the internet I’ve called my own since 2008 when I first registered the JDakar.com domain.

I’ve been sharing my thoughts online in some form (albeit intermittently) since the late-1990s. Some consider me a blogging pioneer. I was able to transition my experience into a few digital media roles off and on, as well.

But so much has happened since I first became active on the web.

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