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Developing a good work / life balance?

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Developing a good work / life balance?

As an extremely passionate JavaScript developer, I often find myself thinking about ideas and problems even when I should probably be winding down and resting from working a long day.

That said, I understand having a good balance is key to avoiding burnout as a developer.

So I welcome comments on how you manage to switch off from the world of coding! How do you keep up to date learning the latest JavaScript topics without over doing it.

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It may not address the issue head-on, but one thing worth thinking about is "butt in seat syndrome" at work, where people stick around til the end of the day every day because they'd feel awkward getting out early even if their productivity has absolutely hit the wall.

I point this out because "thinking about ideas and problems" when you should be winding down isn't as big an issue when you are also allowed to leave early when you're just not into it.

Finding ways to talk to your employee like "I work on these problems all day long and am really into this stuff, as you know, but it could be helpful if we are explicitly allowed to also bottle up the time where we're not productive at our desk".

Anyway, just a thought. Doesn't address what you're saying directly, but helps the greater general issue if you can establish that culture.

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An ambitious and enthusiastic JavaScript developer. Lover of food, gaming and the JavaScript ecosystem.