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Discussion on: Yes, You Should Have Hobbies Outside of Code

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Michael Kohl

Things I do besides coding:

  • I spend a lot of time with my wife, watching movies, TV shows, going out, doing little weekend trips etc.
  • I like traveling and visited ~55 countries so far.
  • Been reading at least one book a week since 2008. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever I can find.
  • I love playing chess and poker and also like studying the theory behind both, especially since they are so different from each other.
  • I'm also nearly always up for a good round of board, miniature or RP games.
  • I have a PS4 and a Nintendo Switch and while I don't play as much as I used to, I still try to get in a couple hours here or there.
  • Occasionally I dabble in electronic music.
  • Back home I also used to skate- and longboard, but Bangkok doesn't really lend itself to these activities, so I try to go the gym a couple of times per week.

That said, I also do have a lot of coding-related hobbies:

  • I'm involved in running 1 user group and 2 conferences.
  • I like to tinker with my Raspberry Pi or M5Stack and just ordered a Fomu to look into Risc-V development.
  • I love all things retro computing and gaming, as well as compilers and interpreters and there's an almost never-ending supply of reading materials around all of those 🙂
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Arthur Vincent Simon

I am very interested in your time management skills! You seem to get a lot of things done!

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Michael Kohl

Nothing special, I generally just do what I feel like. Some weekends that’s binge watching TV shows and some days after work I feel like coding until midnight or 1am. I don’t follow any system and in fact go against a lot of common advice: I go to bed too late (generally 1:30-2am), wake up around 8:30ish, and often don’t care if an activity is considered “productive” as long as I enjoy it. I also stopped doing to do lists, except for the rare case where I really need to get a few things done in a couple of days.