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Struggling to balance work and life? Try a deload week

I like to work hard, but I also like to chill, and enjoy life. But… if I’m being honest, I kinda suck at making time to chill. I’ve often felt trapped by my own productivity routines.

I love Spartan Traveler’s solution, to:

Work in ruthlessly protected cycles with carefully-scheduled breaks.

More specifically:

Every 4th week, drop the intensity and/or weight by 50% to give yourself a chance to recover.

I love this! As a recovering workaholic, I’ve found this method has worked for me, at least during my gap year. I got time to be scheduled and intense about work, and scheduled and intense about play.


I found the time away from intense work also made me more creative. When I stepped away from work, I got insights I couldn’t generate when I was working at 100%.

Silly things, like realizing I could pay a freelancer, and double my productivity. Or back in October, only when I took my first deload week did I realize job forms have ReCAPTCHAs…

For my gap, I took deload weeks in October and November. In December and January, I spent a bunch of time chilling in India, so that wasn’t necessary. For February, imma deload next week.

In March, I’m going back to work, and I plan to use deload weeks then too. Normal weeks, I plan to write or work on Quickapply weekend mornings and some weeknights.

For deload weeks, I wanna drop all that. I’ll still publish one piece of writing that week, but that’ll be it. I’ll use the weekend to have tons of fun. I’ll budget for some trips to SD and some music festivals. I might use PTO for the Monday.

If I’m in SF, I want to spend the whole weekend with people. I can throw something at my place, or just find something new to do. I already have an improv comedy class on my radar.

Or maybe I can even just stay in and read some great fantasy book. Depending on the mood.

I’ll let y’all know how it goes! I know deload weeks are just a simple reframe, but I’m stoked anyhow.

If I got your interest, read Spartan Traveler’s full piece.

And here’s Steve Pavlina’s take.

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