A couple of months ago, owing to some pretty sub-optimal mental health, I was forced to drop a freelance client mid-project for the first time in my life. I’ll call it burnout, but there was probably a bit more to it than that.
In software development there’s a certain addictive quality to progress and success. It’s easily attainable if you’re willing to work for it, which quickly gets you on that dopamine hamster wheel – but eventually you run out of steam and need to take a step back and reset.
We all need to come to our own realisations about this stuff, but for me the key is in remembering the following:
Work to live, don’t live to work.
The incredible thing about stepping back for me was the immense weight it lifted from so many areas of my life. Pulling out of a great job, for a great client, because I didn’t think I was capable of delivering a good enough end product ironically made me more energetic, productive and ready to create than ever.
The upshot of this new lease of life is, in many ways, this website – a project which has been bubbling under in mind for some time, born out of a renewed desire to write and connect with likeminded people (both locally and internationally).
As I develop in my career, one of my priorities is to become someone who’s better at “thinking” rather than just “doing”. By not only continuing to learn things, but also learning to explain them, I hope to make a lot of progress in that area.
Thanks to freepik for the fantastic header illustration.