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I had a bad burnout this summer. I literally couldn't stand looking at any code. Although 4 weeks trip with no access to computers - only new cities, mountains and heavy metal gigs - fixed me.

I've two big problems. First is I work from home. So sometimes I work 12-16 hours a day. By "work" I mean I sit in front of my laptop, but it doesn't mean I'm productive. Second problem is that being INTJ, I don't have much friends, so I usually end up staying at home for days (and coding most of the time) until I run out of groceries.

After I got back from my "sanity trip", I started doing several things to avoid burnout.

- Cycling. Used to do 30+ kilos almnost every day. Now it's getting cold here, so I do few short rides a week.

- Walking. If I'm not cycling, I try to get out of the house every day. Just to wander in downtown or get rolls from a bakery 15 minutes away.

- Eating out. I occasionally go for lunch with friends working nearby.

- Limiting my hours at keyboard. I moved most of my reading to Kindle, either in bed or outside. Previously, even after work-hours I was slipping from reading back to work easily. Kindle helps to avoid this.

- Meeting with friends at least once a week. Even if you think you don't have friends, try calling people you know and ask them out. There's a big chance that they have nothing to do as well :)

- Heavy metal. This helps me stay sane A LOT. Listening to records is good. Live shows are even better. After a nice (well, nice in metal way) gig I've energy for whole week. If you don't like heavy metal, listen to rock, classic, jazz or whatever you like. Listen not while working, but truly listen to music. And go to live shows. That's where music becomes Music.

So far, so good. I'm putting in less hours, but delivering more.




Most big cities have "coworking spaces": a shared office with a lot of separate professionals who prefer to work outside of home and around other people. For example, http://officenomads.com/ in Seattle.

I think you briefly touched on a really important facet of not burning out... Knowing Thyself. Whether one uses the MBTI or something else, it's important to accept one's preferences. (And yes... even though you're an introvert I think it'd be good for you to have other people around you. As an INTP, I'm the same way.)


I listen to music while biking (not heavy metal, though), and you are right, it helps a lot. It completely changes my mood. Even if I'm biking in a freezing cloudy day, I start thinking it's a nice ride.


Are you riding offroad? I do not listen to music while biking, it seems to be too dangerous. At least in traffic.

On the other hand, riding while listening to Slayer may get waaay too aggressive :)


I live in Amsterdam, here bikes rule the city and there are bike lanes or closed roads everywhere. The traffic is not high either, because with all the canals driving a car here is a hell.




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