In this episode Scott and Wes talk about work life balance. These tips aren't hard-and-fast - part of the beauty of being a web developer is that you do get to enjoy some flexibility. Work is a big part of our live and these are tips that will hopefully allow you to get the most enjoyment out of both work and life.
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8:06 - Know when you work best
- The 9-5 isn't for everyone - you know when you work best, so use that to your advantage
9:39 - Work when it's time to work, life when it's time to life
- Don't do laundry during work time
11:08 - Make it clear to family members when you are working
- Wishy-washy in-between can cause tension - are you working? Can I interrupt you?
- Working after hours
- Text if you need me
14:34 - Have a defined space for work
- If I bring my laptop downstairs, I don't bring a charger
- Clean yo nasty desk space
- It's a mental shift when you sit down - "okay now I am working"
21:14 - Know how to "zone it"
- Music or podcasts
- Block all distractions
- Close email
- Pay attention to what gets you there, when it stops working, change it up
24:46 - Keep hobbies
- Away from screens
- Physical or relaxing or both
26:37 - Exercise
- Good for mind and body
- Huge gains long term and short term
27:31 - Prioritize your to-do list
- One reason many people over-work is that they feel they have too much to do
- Add items to your to-do list when they pop into your head - out of your head, into your system
31:28 - Walk away from difficult problems
- Your brain will chew on problems as time goes on and help you solve them
- Literally take a walk outside
34:04 - Meetups, conferences or tutorials
- Reinvigorate your hunger for coding and make you happier both at home and work
- Easy to get burned out from working too much (or not paying enough attention to your work)
- Wes' Head Bob Spotify playlist
- Portable Text from Sanity
- Portable Text
- Forget about Gutenberg, no seriously
- What you need to know about block text