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Discussion on: Do you bring your laptop on vacation?

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Todd Stark II • Edited on

This depends on the purpose of the vacation. If you're taking vacation to spend more time with family, I absolutely wouldn't code. It's unlikely that you'll be able to spend much meaningful time with them while coding, unless they are coders too.

If your vacation is more about rest and relaxation, however, I think coding is ok, provided it is not mandatory. Sometimes the most relaxing thing you can do is work on something that you want to do instead of something that you have to do. To put it in simpler terms, codingForWork != codingForSelf.

I'm about to go on vacation myself, and I'm actually looking forward to working on one of my side projects. I think it'll be a good reminder that writing code can be fun, not just work. Obviously ymmv, but I think it'll be good for me--which is the entire point of vacationing, isn't it?

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true, working on something for yourself is definetly different and probably more satisfying. In that case, sure. I try not to do that because I find it very difficult to disconnect / switch off. If I have an idea and want to do something, I kind of obsess about it and think about it even when I am doing something else - like while playing with kids, having dinner with some friends or while sleeping.. :facepalm