Posted on 14/8/10 by Felix Geisendörfer
Weekends are a weird thing when you love what you are doing. Most weekends I have one voice in my head that pushes me to work, and another one that tells me to relax and have some fun.
It's tough, because I always have a lot of ideas for interesting projects, and weekends are about the only time when I can just hack on something for the fun of it. And of course, we are also bootstrapping a startup, so that is very hard to do without putting in some hours over the weekend.
I generally don't have an upfront plan for my weekends, so I mostly just do what feels right at any given moment, be it some hours of coding, some beach volleyball, or playing forkmaster with a few friends. There is usually also one night of hanging out with friends drinking.
This is nothing I'm proud of. It's 2 out of 7 days a week that go by without a strong vision. These weekends feel more like a "break" than a vacation. There is little adventure or heroic work ethics that I can look back at when starting out on Monday.
So for next weekend, I will try to work out a clear plan that will make it a wonderful experience including some well-defined time for serious work. By having an upfront plan, I expect myself to be more emerged in both the fun, and the work with less confusion in my head about what I should be doing at any given moment. Ideally I'll leave the weekend more refreshed than usual, while still having made a nice dent into my backlog.
After that I might also try a weekend with no computer / iphone access. If that yields considerably better results, I just need to get my weekly productivity levels high enough to make this possible.
- Productive work: 2,80 h
- Busy work: 4,40 h
- Procrastination: 0,37 h
Time after 6pm: 0 h
271 lines of code added, 172 deleted in 2 projects
- Busy work is still high due to the fact that the box that his site is running on is acting up, and I'm working on migrating everything to vps.net.
- There was a beach volleyball tournament right after work, so no after-hour working
- Procrastination levels are still excellent. I played one short game of SC2 and one game of foosball, that's reasonable for my taste.
PS: How are you spending your weekends? What would you like to change?
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