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Nicholas C. Zakas
There are four things I’d like to encourage every software engineer to do: 1. Save your money, at least a year’s worth of expenses that you can get to quickly. 2. Take a week off *at least* every 3-4 months whether you think you need it or not. Trust me, you need it.
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Nicholas C. Zakas 25 Jun 18
Replying to @slicknet
3. Mind your health. If you are sick, stay home and rest. Don’t work from home, that’s not resting. 4. Get a hobby unrelated to tech. Learn a musical instrument, draw/paint, play a sport, etc. Give your tech brain time a rest and exercise your non-tech brain.
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Carina C. Zona 25 Jun 18
Replying to @slicknet
Having 4 weeks of PTO days is extremely uncommon in the US and, considering the need to reserve some days for sickness and other spontaneous needs, people would need more like 5 weeks.
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Nicholas C. Zakas 25 Jun 18
Replying to @cczona
Most places I’ve worked have given three weeks vacation (one had “unlimited”). Obviously, do what you have to, but going a year without time off is awful in many ways.
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Sohail 25 Jun 18
Replying to @slicknet
Thank you.
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Nicholas C. Zakas 25 Jun 18
Replying to @managedByte
You’re welcome.
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kumanan 25 Jun 18
Replying to @slicknet
Very Valuable advise Nicholas. My best wishes for you !!! I have been following for many years.
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Nicholas C. Zakas 25 Jun 18
Replying to @kumanan12
Thanks.
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Rob Robinson 25 Jun 18
Replying to @slicknet
this is golden advice :-) thank you
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Nicholas C. Zakas 25 Jun 18
Replying to @rob____robinson
You’re welcome Rob
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Josh 25 Jun 18
Replying to @slicknet
I’ve forgotten the vacation part (and had no redundancy for my position for years) but I’ll finally have a week off next week (changing jobs) and I’ve never looked so forward to a span of time off
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Nicholas C. Zakas 25 Jun 18
Replying to @jawshchevyvan
That’s great. Enjoy!
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