in chinese it's called 報復性熬夜, which translates to something like "retaliatory staying up late", it's a phenomena happening more in china where people just get stuck scrolling on social media because of the feeling that they want to use or own all of the free time they have left, and then it gets squandered and you hate yourself in the morning.
bill gates used to say that he valued engineers who turn procrastination into an art.
I miss walking to work for those 20 minutes of reflection before and after my shift.
Now I ride motorcycles. That gives me hours to think.
I highly recommend it.
An unexpected side effect is a new small group of friends who don't give a shit about tech, but share an interest in sampling food from faraway restaurants and getting there using as few highways as possible.
Unfortunately, it also makes sunny days unbearable when you're stuck at the office. Never park your bike within sight of your desk.
I miss exactly what you're describing. It's amazing how much solo time on a bike clears my head!
That being said, sometimes I have 20 minute showers because the thinking session is just that good. I have drawn more than a few diagrams on the foggy shower door.
Not a great goal financially, but there's always another job out there. Until there isn't, and at that point we'll either be living in a utopia or the robots will have exterminated us.