NMEU 16 – Laurens Bonnema – Achieving Work-Life Balance

Laurens Bonnema talks about work life balance and how it has evolved into work life swirling for him as he mixes up work and hobbies in his everyday life....

Laurens Bonnema
Laurens Bonnema is an Agile Management Consultant and an expert in sustainably aligning business and IT to improve the results of IT projects. He has a strong background in IT with experience in almost every role. As a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified Agile Master, SAFe Program Consultant and PRINCE2 Practitioner, he strives to merge classic and Agile management in the conviction that it is the future of professional management.

Laurens is a professional enthusiast when it comes to hand lettering, sketchnoting, graphic recording, podcasting and writing. He has tried to attain a work-life balance only to discover that work-life “swirling” suits him better.

[bctt tweet=”Everybody with a #blog is also looking into either podcasting or vlogging – @LaurensBonnema”]

Top Quotes from Laurens Bonnema:

  • “I now basically mix it up everywhere I go.” [on work-life swirling]
  • “Probably not travel around the world all the time, but maybe make multiple parts of the world our home.” [on travelling around like Natalie Sisson]
  • “For me, the life-saver is Buffer.”
  • “It’s on the rise in popularity… at first it was just my weird hobby and now people actually know what I’m talking about.” [on podcasting in the Netherlands]
  • “Everybody with a blog is currently also looking into either podcasting or vlogging.” [on the popularity of podcasting in the Netherlands]
  • “I would say that vlogging is becoming even more popular than the audio-only version.”


  • John Lee Dumas
  • Natalie Sisson
  • Buffer

Key Timestamps:

  • [spp-timestamp time=”00:30″] – Host Mike Russell introduces and welcomes the episode’s guest, Laurens Bonnema
  • [spp-timestamp time=”01:16″] – Laurens explains why work-life balance became work-life swirling for him
  • [spp-timestamp time=”02:52″] – What Laurens likes to do when he switches off
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:11″] – Where Laurens is from
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:35″] – How Laurens is using new media for his own personal brand and business
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:52″] – Laurens talks about sketchnoting and graphic-recording
  • [spp-timestamp time=”05:56″] – Laurens’ top 3 blogs and podcasts that he follows
  • [spp-timestamp time=”06:45″] – Laurens’ thoughts on moving around and doing the same thing that Natalie Sisson is doing
  • [spp-timestamp time=”07:09″] – The possibility of travelling around with his family
  • [spp-timestamp time=”08:45″] – Mike and Laurens talk about the Periscope app and its use in graphic-recording
  • [spp-timestamp time=”09:34″] – New media tools that Laurens is using regularly
  • [spp-timestamp time=”10:28″] – How Laurens is using Buffer
  • [spp-timestamp time=”11:38″] – Laurens’ podcasting journey
  • [spp-timestamp time=”13:38″] – The popularity of podcasting in the Netherlands
  • [spp-timestamp time=”14:53″] – How Laurens discovers podcasts that interest him
  • [spp-timestamp time=”15:50″] – Whether Laurens listens with normal or x2 speed
  • [spp-timestamp time=”16:37″] – What made Laurens decide to go to the New Media Europe conference in September
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:17″] – Other people that Laurens looks forward to hearing speak at the New Media Europe conference
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:11″] – Where else to find Laurens
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:43″] – Mike thanks Laurens and wraps up the show

More places to find Laurens!

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