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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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𝗔lex Jun 25
Replying to @slicknet
Why specific to software engineers?
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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
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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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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
Replying to @AlexG0G
Because these are the people I know who need this advice.
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Sohail Jun 25
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Thank you.
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Temi Jun 25
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Thank you, Nicholas 🙏🏽
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Carina C. Zona Jun 25
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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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kumanan Jun 25
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Very Valuable advise Nicholas. My best wishes for you !!! I have been following for many years.
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Rob Robinson Jun 25
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this is golden advice :-) thank you
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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
Replying to @managedByte
You’re welcome.
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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
Replying to @tayo_lolu
👍
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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
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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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
Replying to @kumanan12
Thanks.
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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
Replying to @rob____robinson
You’re welcome Rob
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Nicholas C. Zakas Jun 25
Replying to @sethhoward22 @cczona
Agree. In practice, I’ve found many companies are more flexible than they appear wrt to sick time. Sometimes with vacation (I once negotiated an extra four weeks in a year). Bottom line: do what you have to to take care of yourself. Jobs come and go as long as you stay healthy.
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Josh Jun 25
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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Carina C. Zona Jun 25
Replying to @slicknet
I agree going a year without time off is very rough. It's also the reality for a tremendous number of people. In service industry jobs, for instance, using a PTO day is an anxiety-ridden gamble that they won't be fired for it.
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Jônatas Barbosa Jun 25
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I feel like I'm too focused on my career right now. Maybe it's time to have some vacations after 5 years without it
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𝔸imee 𝕂night ◖ᵔᴥᵔ◗ 👩🏻‍💻⛸🦄 Jun 25
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Thank you for encouraging this!!!
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