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Discussion on: Full-time, side projects, learning, and staying sane

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Blaine Osepchuk

This is a good post on an important topic, Anna. Thanks for writing it.

I program outside of work on side projects, "keep up-to-date" with our industry, and have hobbies.

I think you hit the nail on the head. You have to "find your rhythm". I'm not sure that process will be the same for everyone though.

I'd like to make three points:

  1. Don't try to compete with the personas people are projecting. We're all showing our 'best selves' on the internet. Only the rare guru is going to write a blog post about how much they are struggling and how burned out they are. Everyone else is going to project 'success' at all costs.
  2. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint. There's no reason a healthy programmer couldn't work well into his or her seventies. But what's the chance you'll be healthy in your seventies if you don't exercise and take care of yourself now.
  3. Take vacations. Real-ones. You would not believe how much more productive I am after two weeks at the beach with a stack of good books and no internet. I feel like a different person.
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marc_m_b

Thank you for "Take vacations. Real-ones " I take vacations but not really keeping away of thinking of work and programming, that nearly drove me the a burnout!

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Anna Simoroshka Author

The process and the details are definitely going to be different for different people. This is why my list is as generic as it can get, to the point I felt it's just repeating the obvious.

Totally agree with your points number 1 and 2. Vacations are tricky and also can be different thing for different people. I feel like I have a jelly instead of a brain if my vacation is long and I don't do much, so I try to split it in short getaways.

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Blaine Osepchuk

Yup, you have to figure out what works for your vacations too.