I am a programmer. I am an entrepreneur in my heart. I started making money from the age of 11, in the harsh 90s, handing over glassware to a local store and exchanging it for sweets. I earned so much that was enough for various snacks.
Not bad for an 11 year old boy.
20 years later, I am already the head of an IT company with five years of experience. This is madness.
But I work a lot.
I do not work as much as before (I worked more than 80 hours a week for the first six months), but I still work a lot.
Here is what I found out:
You have to manage your energy.
Recently, a new study has appeared that clearly shows how productivity drops after 48 hours of work per week.
I cannot judge you personally, but I want to be as effective as possible.
My weekly calendar can be very busy (it was a very busy week, but you understood):
I start work at 8 am and usually work until 8:00 pm when I have to go to dinner. Sometimes I have to work late in the evening.
These are very long weeks. I work mostly at least 12 hours every day and then by 15 o'clock I will be completely exhausted. It will take me two days to recover from this week. And then again “vanity of vanities” ...
When I was 20 years old, I could afford it (at this age I lived and worked abroad, but that's another story).
In my 30 years, having married, and only dreaming of enjoying life to old age, I cannot.
I will never get rid of the eternal fuss. She became part of me.
My wife jokes that if I gave up all the work in the world, I would rest only three days and then on the fourth I would start working again.
Although the reality is that I can probably take a month off before my hands start burning and I have to start the next business. That is, in something she is right.
I can not sit quietly in one place.
And I'm already used to this lifestyle.
But what I'm trying to integrate into my life is a bit more balanced.
Here are my attempts:
No more than 48 hours of work per week as far as possible (although, obviously, there are also periods when the load is too high).
On the day or hours of rest, you need to say “Stop” to yourself and stick to this rule, doing other favorite things (cycling with friends, fishing).
Saturday is a day off. On Sunday evening, you can work to tune in for the work week, but not more than 2 hours.
Let's see what happens.
I realized that being a workaholic is not what I need in this life. I want to work hard, earn a living and it gives new opportunities to unlimited life.
It's my goal.
By the way, during the day I rode a mountain bike, spent the weekend at the lake, fried kebabs. It was awesome.