I've been out of the Programming game for a while now, taking a break I guess to focus on some other hobbies. If I've learned anything from that break it's that you should not take a complete break. Your mind complete goes blank when you try to get back in the loop of things.
I was sat, chilling, watching GitHub Satellite a couple of nights ago watching the talks and I thought to myself. "I should be doing that, not missing out on all this cool new stuff" So I got myself together, logged onto GitHub and came back to a tonne of issues in my repos, pull-requests needing approved and I had no idea what I was doing.
So, if you want to take a break from Coding. Here are my top tips, leave a comment below with your opinions or any extra tips!
Never take a complete break unless you have made measures to ensure that your projects won't go haywire while you are gone. Consider getting a friend to take over. I would also recommend staying updated on big changes to the coding world - That's the only exception
Embrace your other hobbies. Their is more to life than Coding, DEV Blogging and looking at random memes on Reddit. If you have a side hobby, why not get back into or spend more time on it. Even take up a new one!
Stick to a good schedule. This varies for everyone and may not work for everyone but I found myself wondering what I should do and found that having a consistent schedule is the best way to keep yourself occupied.
Connect with other humans. As a developer, we tend to always be too busy to catch up with friends or family. Take this time to have a zoom call or two and see what everyone else has been up to!
Enjoy your break! It's a great opportunity to clear your head, stop worrying if your project is going to pass build tests and just enjoy the time away from your screen.