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Dec 10, 2018 20:33:05

Off Days

by @valentino | 293 words | 9🔥 | 385💌

Valentino Urbano

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We're spurred to work all the time.


There is this idea around the maker community that you always need to work and ship. New products, new features, and new bug fixes can't wait. If you're not doing something productive you're wasting your time.

Most people work on their indie projects on the side, so on top of work (often long hours) at your day job when you've finished you start working on your side projects as well (usually in the evenings). Working like that without any downtime is detrimental to your wellbeing.

If you like what you're doing and you enjoy it sure go ahead. I've spent weeks working on projects I cared about deeply without any break, often working more than 10 hours a day, but you can't go on like that forever. Your body and mind need some rest from time to time. It might be fine working as much during a sprint or close to launch, but if that's your usual routine there is something very wrong and you need to change it.

Off time is just as important both for both your physical and mental health.

More than that you need a healthy balance between how much you work and how much you rest. Take one day off a week (at least) to enjoy life. Take time to appreciate what you have. Set a fixed amount of hours for work and don't overshoot it. If it happens every once in a while it's not a problem, but don't let it become the norm.

Have fun

Take time to enjoy yourself:

- Take walk to the local park.

- Spend a weekend at the seaside with your loved ones.

- Spend time with your family.

Time is your most limited resource, use it well.

Originally published at www.valentinourbano.com

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    @valentino "Set a fixed amount of hours for work and don't overshoot it", even if we can stick to this I think we will have enough time for other non-work activities ?

    Arnav Puri avatar Arnav Puri | Dec 11, 2018 10:02:58
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      @arnavpuri Read the other comment as well and let me know what you think.

      I think that "having enough time to do other activities" and "your mind needs some rest" to be different and not necessarely equal. Not certain about any of this of course ?

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Dec 11, 2018 15:32:55
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    @valentino When will you take a day off 200WaD though? ??

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 10, 2018 20:35:43
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      @basilesamel Just write 2 articles the day before. You still need to rember to post it though ?? But to answer to both your comment and @arnavpuri:

      Yeah, just having some time off every day is enough, but I feel that having one day where you completely disconnect from work (or almost completely, you can still do your 200WaD) is different.

      On top of that I'm a strong believer of once you know the rules (resting is good for you) you are free to decide when to break them (More about it here: https://200wordsaday.com/words/writing-ideas-325bf94d83d7ad3).

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Dec 11, 2018 15:29:27
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      @valentino "once you know the rules you are free to decide when to break them" that's a good one!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 11, 2018 15:30:48
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