Elance Q&A: What Do You Do To Recharge?Elance_Alex | Mar 26, 2009
You're deploying a custom Drupal platform to a major website and the deadline is approaching. You're crafting innovative and effective marketing campaigns for an up-and-coming Web 2.0 startup. You're burning through almost 100 Excel spreadsheets of seven-figure digits for a high-profile accountant. You're a well-oiled machine running at the speed of light.
You're living the fast-paced life of online work.
At some point, everyone needs to recharge — even those with the biggest batteries. What do you do to slow down, unwind, and get away from it all? I've asked the experts (you) to fill us in on what rituals work best to come back feeling fresh.
Frederick Pohl, Web Developer, Pohl Media — "We like to go to the beach and the Springs, go to the park with our daughter, and enjoy cooking on the grill a lot — being in the sun. Music is an essential part of unwinding and helps to regain focus too. I always go back to traditional art, pencil drawing, and printmaking, which were my early beginnings in art."
Julie K. Welch, Writer, Jane Content — "I typically work 70-80 hours per week, so in order to unwind, I take several mini-trips throughout each quarter — 2-3 week long trips. Then I participate in a variety of local charitable and social activities. In the evenings, I also attend yoga classes and run. Overall, I work to balance everything I need to get done within a week while minimizing stress."
Jaimie M., Admin Support — Generally after working most of the day or week I like to unwind by spending quiet time with my kids or by taking them out on the weekends to the park or beach. I also enjoy going out to dinner as a family. Although I sometimes work on the weekends if a project deadline makes that necessary, I try to always take time to unwind and enjoy my family which consists of myself, my husband, three young children, a four month old beagle puppy and an 8 week old dachshund puppy.
Michelle, Internet Consultant, Metric Voodoo — "As an 'Internet Consultant', I can be working on several very different types of projects at the same time, so I have a habit of decompressing a little in between tasks throughout the day ... When I really hit the brain-fry zone, I like to go on drives in my Jeep and listen to the radio – not MP3s or satellite radio, but in-the-clear local radio so I can hear commercials and local events and such. This helps me keep up with off-line advertising and gets my brain out of whatever rut it was in - it helps me think 'sideways' with my own ad planning.
Adam Purcell, New Media Consultant, Hungry Dog Media — "The greatest way for me to relax is to watch a movie. It's the only time I can get my head outside of work and lost into another world. From a new movie to one I have seen scores of times — it makes no difference!"
Stacy Strayer, Writer, Peppy Girl Productions — "Living in the Colorado Rockies definitely gives someone options for blowing off steam or finding peace. After a long day of staring at the computer screen, I love to snow shoe with my two labs near the Sol Vista Ski Resort. If I plan it just right, I'll hit the slopes just as the ski resort closes so I can power up a blue or black run for an extra cardio boost. The towering, naked beauty of the horizon, the Continental Divide, helps me keep my busy life in perspective. I return home totally refreshed, ready to surf Elance once again for enticing writing assignments."
Les Brown, Web Developer, Blue Sky iSolutions — "I work from home and my house is just off a scenic highway less than 10 miles from the nearest ski/snowboard area. So to unwind, I usually ride my motorcycle (in the warmer months) or go snowboarding (in the colder months). When it rains, there's always movies or TV."
As for me personally, the tropical destination pictured above looks like a mighty nice place to have an ice-cold piña colada. So, what about you? Share your tips, techniques, and favorite getaways in the comments below.