Back in April of this year, when I officially began my journey to becoming a Software Developer, I was super motivated and excited. I was so motivated that I was working on my work 7 days a week with weekends being a little lighter – no more than 6 hours. Whether I was working on my portfolio, working on coding concepts, chatting/networking, posting online, or working on projects – it was 7 days a week.
All that you see on any of my online networks is a culmination of all the work I’ve put in from March til now.
The thing about it though was I started to burn out. I started sleeping in, spending less time on other things I enjoyed like reading, working out, and meditation. I was staying up super late, like 2am and 3am. My procrastination started to increase and after a while I wasn’t getting as much work done.
In May, I decided to try something new. It began with a new rule on Sundays:
“No technology until noon.”
So that way, I at least spent half the day doing something else that didn’t have to do with stuff online or my work.
Later, in the same month, on Sundays, I moved the time to 5pm because with my noon rule, I still didn’t feel the break was adequate enough. 5pm went on til June. Still, I would spend 5pm til late at night invested in something online when I really, really needed to take a break.
Fast forward to this month, July. New rule on Sundays:
“No technology for 24 hours.”
And the first Sunday I did it, I noticed it worked. When Monday came, I was filled with so much energy & motivation to start the week off. I wasn’t drained or burned out anymore.
It was like a total mental reset. I’d given my brain basically 24 hours from “the world” and work. 6 days a week is honestly enough. And 1 day without any of it makes a world of difference. A whole day without any screens – no laptop, no phone — any of it!
Here’s the other part of it though – during the week, I’ve noticed I need to be just as strict about having rules.
“No technology after 9:30pm.”
This is still a work in progress. It’s great to have a day to reset but that doesn’t mean you have to overdue it during the week. Balance is key and a healthy mind is needed for long-term success.
Implementing a proper balance was 3-4 months of trial and error. But we should find what works for us as individuals.
Deciding to have 1 day of space to think has been one of the highlights of my year!