Friday. 3, maybe 4 o’clock. A moment is taken to go over everything, run one last use scenario test, set an automatic email response of “out of the office” until Monday. From this point until Sunday afternoon, ideally Monday Morning, I will not read or write a line of code. Some will read this and think “What a lazy guy.” But there’s a reason for this. For me, this is my Sabbath. This is for me.
I started this habit in college, after having a series of near mental breakdowns. Even writing this, I’m focused on having as relaxing a day as possible and not touching a drop of coffee as to finally get a relaxing weekend with enough sleep to make up for the large quantity I’ve managed to lose. Like most people in Tech, I’m a caffeine addict. Unlike most, I’ve inherited a genetic anxiety disorder. Like my Aspergers, or perhaps it’s a symptom of, I’m used to it. To me, it means I’m more alert than most and sensitive to my environment and part of my normal life. It’s also why you couldn’t pay me to live in downtown Chicago, and why I make a point of getting into the woods once a month.
As I’ve previously mentioned, people hear this and think “Lazy”. Today, you’d have a solid case for it. The goal is to be as relaxed as possible as to get a proper night’s sleep for the first time in three nights. But often, it’s the things that I make an effort of achieving in this time that make my week more productive. Anyone who has ever met me knows that I plan events often down to the minute, my diet and exercise routines are no exception, as well as the fact that I semi-successfully make an effort to avoid alcohol 5 days a week, preferably not drinking more than a glass or two of wine during the week. As well as following a “No Dessert, Fried Foods, or Refined Carbohydrates”. Friday and Saturday, this idea is suspended, and I’ll drink to the tune of my friends, or if it’s cold enough, savor a bottle of wine by the fireplace.
For this exact reason, this is often when content for Chicago Food Guys is generated. If I’m going to a bar if I’m making a “Diet Killer” recipe. This is time for me. If I’m writing my book, this period is time. Planning the ins and outs of my week, often scheduling time I will a lot for calls when I will code when I will write. And often by the time the “session” ends on Sunday, I’m ready to get back to the daily grind, almost in a state of missing it.
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