Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: “Bro,1 you don’t work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver.”
They have a point. Mordor sucks, and it’s certainly more physically taxing to dig a tunnel than poke at a keyboard unless you’re an ant. But, for the sake of the argument, can we agree that stress and insanity are bad things? Awesome. Welcome to programming.
This hit home. Programming can be a grueling task on it's own and if you are doing it on the support or agency side of things the pace can be break neck more often than not. Burn out is real and the amount of things we are required to "think" our way through can be so taxing, mentally. Some days I just have nothing left after work. There's more I want to do but I'm just spent. This weekend I took naps, went to be early and slept in all weekend! If you know me that's highly unusual. But the last few weeks have been tough on a personal level and super busy on the coding / job level. So I've needed a break and got some rest. It's ok to slow down and take time for yourself. I'm just saying that out loud to remind me to it more often.