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How do Devs spend their weekends?

Hey folks! Hope it's going well for everyone! The weekend is here, which for many of us means kicking back and relaxing. And we all have our own way of relaxing. Some of us like to spend time with our families, some of us like to go out with friends, some of us just like to sit in a cafe and read. The possibilities are endless.

Me personally? I like to switch it up every now and then, keep things interesting. So my team and I often go out together. Some weekends, we go watch a movie together. The last one we caught together was Captain Marvel.

Other times, we go bowling or to the arcade. It's always a blast.

We also love to do brainstorming sessions over coffee or lunch. We do this almost every other weekend.

Lastly, every few months, we also go out for a small trip or a short trek. The last one we did was the Gilbert Trail trek in February, and Utkarsh even made a short video. Check it out!

These are just a few fun ways Team XenoX likes to spend their weekends. What about you?

How do you spend your weekends?

Tell me in the comments below. And if you can sum up your weekends in one or two gifs, that would be even better! 😉

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Arit Developer

As a mom to 2 beautiful children, my weekends are all about them. During the workweek, they get me for only 2-4 hours a day, so weekends are our time to catch up! I spend time with them, cook, clean, do laundry... #ThatDevMomLife

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Andrew Healey

I write and code! In a few hours, my fiancée and I are going to cycle along the coast. Then we'll probably code together. I also drink 2x as much coffee at the weekends ☕.

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Utkarsh Talwar

Haha nice. I try to cut back on coffee on the weekends. Generally try to not drink any caffeine at all since my body starts developing tolerance very quickly and before I know it, I'm drinking 3 large cups a day and can't sleep properly.

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robencom

I have finally realized that coffee is a substitute for not sleeping enough.

I used to sleep 5 hours and so I needed to have coffee at least twice a day, especially in the MORNING.

Now, I barely have 2-3 cups of coffee in the whole week, never at work though, only at home.

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Desi

I drink less coffee on the weekends, but not for lack of trying - whenever the brew finishes, it seems like then it’s time to get out and start going on errands, and gone are my delusions of curling up with coffee and a book!

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Matthew Daly

Today is an unseasonably sunny day here in the UK so I've been sitting in the sun with a cold drink, finishing reading the third part of Ian McDonald's Luna trilogy.

In less clement weather I'll play on the PS4 (Subnautica is a recent favourite). I'll sometimes write the odd blog post, or code. Current big personal project is a flat file PHP CMS, largely aimed at brochure sites.

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Sarthak Sharma

Wow that’s great man. All the best for your new project.

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robencom

At times, I feel like I can do some work in the weekends so I can have more time in weekdays for extra work, but then something clicks in me and "bans" me from doing work.

I guess that happens so I replenish my energy during the weekend so I don't burn out in the weekdays.

I kinda made a habit to not work on Saturday and Sunday.

Work/Rest balance is very important. I have burned myself up many times in my career, and now I have finally found (my) balance.

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Utkarsh Talwar

Yeah, that makes sense. Better to take a break than risk burning out, especially since you've already experienced it several times before.

I generally try to get something productive done during the weekend, but I don't push myself to count the hours or give myself deadlines. That way, I can feel more relaxed which still achieving stuff. And when I say productive, it doesn't always have to be work related. I try to invest some time in my hobbies as well.

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Dennis Quesada Cruz

Relaxing?? i'm still getting 'latin-1' encode error and nobody seems to help... :(

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Sarthak Sharma

Use #help. I’m sure somebody will solve it.🤓

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Dennis Quesada Cruz

In a post?? :S

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Sarthak Sharma

Not in this post. Write your on post on Dev.to.

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Sarthak Sharma

Anytime 😁

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Periklis Gkolias

Lately, due to a combination of full time job and a master degree, I am just trying to finish whatever left unfinished during the week. Thats temporary though.

Usually, I am:

Ensuring I have proper rest
Doing casual exercise (eg running outside)
Spending quality time with important people of my life
Working on personal projects or blog or doing more videos of a course that I might have started, comparing to what I achieve in working days
Occasionally I am doing trips to close by cities

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Fran González

It depends on the weekend! Some weekends when I'm not too tired from work I mostly code; other times I just relax, read, play videogames; and others, like this weekend, I'm giving all my time to my band since we're recording new songs and playing a gig today 😄

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Utkarsh Talwar

That's awesome. As a fellow musician, I love to hear stuff like this! Mind giving us some links to your band's stuff? 😃

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Sourav Chandra

I travel a lot on my superbike. Last weekend I went to Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. Amazing Place!

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Jaime Rios

Here is a list of things I like to do:

  • Movies.
  • Reading.
  • Gym.
  • Study and work on some pet projects.
  • Work on my latest blog post.
  • Meal preps.
  • Movies.
  • Date with a potential partner.
  • Video games.
  • Dancing lessons.
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Rahul Chowdhury 🕶

On Saturdays: I usually work on my side-project for half the day and spend the other half chilling out with my wife.

On Sundays: I spend the full day relaxing or going somewhere with my wife. No work. All play.

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Gabriel Laroche

I play video games, spend some time with my Girlfriend and write code for some stress free personal projects.

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Sarthak Sharma

You got all sorted 😁

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Desi

Since it’s finally getting nice out, we’ve had a big weekend - went to the aquarium yesterday, and have been spending some time in the park today. This is an outlier, though - usually my weekends are spent catching up on some class work at home, going on a Costco run, or finishing any cleaning we didn’t get to during the week.

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Chad Smith

So my girlfriend is a flight attendant that does international flights. So for me a lot of it depends on if she will be home that weekend. If she will be home that weekend then I usually try to spend it with her, either going out and doing something outside or just relaxing.

On weekends she is not here I like to spend it relaxing but still learning something new. So sometimes I will just sit on the couch with my laptop and put on a TV show on Hulu that is sort of mindless and listen to that while I try something new. This keeps it light and keeps from burning myself out from being too serious with it.

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Gabriel Laroche • Edited on

Hahaha, for me my personal projects are a way to learn new things without any real consequences or concern for anything. Whereas at my job a tiny change in the code or a minor refactor could have huge consequences and for some work projects we are stuck in old frameworks/libraries (angularjs 1.6.6 and jQuery).

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Stephen Chiang

As a family man with two doggies, my weekends are spent enjoying nature and mountains of Norway, taking care of house chores, then squeezing in an online course after everyone is asleep.

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