Work, Life, Learning

I’m going to tell you a secret. Are you sitting down? Are you ready?

stephen colbert eating popcorn in old 3D glasses

I’m exhausted.

Some of that comes from some personal reasons, which I will not get into here, but when I think about everything that there is to learn, to know, to keep up on, I need to take a nap.

Sleepy boo from Monsters Inc

The break-neck pace for technology is fun, it allows you to continually challenge yourself. But after awhile, how are you supposed to keep up on the new tech, maintain what you’re working on at work, and still have a life outside of code?

I love to code, I love my job, but I also love my life outside of work. Seeing family, friends, love interests, maybe playing a sport or two, and reading something for pleasure is a luxury that has become down right decadent. It seems that, no matter who you are, finding work/life balance is almost impossible in tech.

You may have a job that is good with balancing work/life but not work/life/learning. Not every job has set aside time for individual training, so keeping up comes outside of work hours. Which cuts into the life balance. Or sleep. Both of which are vital to having a sane and healthy workforce.

I don’t have an answer, but something has to change before the entire industry burns out from lack of sleep and too much time spent reading tech specs.

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