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A lot of folks would say travel, but last time I had a gap (3 weeks between jobs), I did the exact opposite. I made an ideal routine - I ran every morning, I started cooking, I read most evenings.

Between 11am and 4pm, I'd find some "work" to take care of - mostly home-related and some favors for family members. I kept saying I'd do something audacious - join an open source project, write an app, yadda-yadda - but this would just bring me down.

I can't be motivated to excel until I'm absolutely comfortable where I am. Sometimes it takes a few days of freedom to remember that.

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