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Always Chipping Away at Finding that Balance

Alex Morton
I'm Alex and I'm a self-taught software engineer. I host The Ladies Code Collective Podcast and I haven't missed a meal since 1992. Subscribe to my newsletter 💌 https://bit.ly/3bvoNs9
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This post was originally published on March 22, 2021 on my blog.


Ah, this weekend was definitely one of those sloooow and relaxing weekends meant for total reenergization.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been feeling like I've been pushing myself in all areas of my life without necessarily being on the lookout for working too much or spreading myself too thin.

Thankfully, I've been becoming increasingly aware of it and have been able to take some conscious steps back as a result, before I tread into more dangerous territory where burning out is the next logical outcome.

What this looks like is taking inventory of all of the things on my current plate, planning and managing around those, and (most importantly) not taking on any other tasks or responsibilities in the meantime - no matter how small.

I think my first reactions tend to be 'Oh, yeah I can do this' or 'I can definitely manage this,' but then I have to stop and remind myself that taking on any sort of extra responsibility means actual time taken out of my actual calendar.

In other words, if I continue saying yes to things, I continue to fill up space within a limited container (my calendar) until a certain point where there's just not enough time for balancing work with rest.

On my mind over the next week:

  • continuing to learn and doing my best at work
  • getting ready for a new developer cohort with the Collab Lab
  • a big project I've been working on (and will share soon!)
  • living slowly with my family in my non-work time

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