I missed the last Bi-Weekly update due to the lack of time, and this made me think about how to deal with the increasing day-to-day responsibilities, increasing work amount with Vuuh and having to juggle more in less time.
I had a number of projects that I tried out and actively invested time in. They took most of my free time, and now I am forced to scale them down, giving up on some of them entirely and I'm going to write about the reasons, one by one.
I wanted to create some sort of online journal on the progress I was doing with my side-projects, whole also (hopefully) improving my writing skills. Unfortunately, The last few updates contained nothing of substance, because I didn't have enough time to invest in my side projects, so that I would have something notable to tell.
The progress was slow, and I managed to do just some very small and trivial tasks that were not worthy of mentioning. And they would have not made any sense without the proper context. After all, bugfixes and automatizing certain dull and repetitive tasks are not that impressive to talk about. They can be mentioned, but I wouldn't have had anything more interesting to talk about them without diving too deep into the technical details.
In the past weeks, my coding efforts were concentrating on growing Vuuh, and unfortunately I can not dive too deep into these details either, because it involves proprietary code, secret sauces and very specific domain knowledge.
Therefore, I am giving up on the bi-weekly updates series. I will still post updates, but not on a fixed schedule. I'll post them only when I would actually have something interesting to say on that topic, so it won't feel forced.
I am giving up on the mentorship programme, because of multiple reasons:
As the popular saying
C'est la vie. Maybe in the future I will try again, but I'd rather take some juniors and help them speed up their learning rather than trying to turn non-techies into programmers.
I know it came off a bit "ranty", but I was very surprised on the outcome, especially given how many applications I got. I started with the impression that there were a lot of people who are willing to put in the effort to learn to better their lives. But the reality was that a lot of those people were either looking for an easy way in or they didn't expect to have so much more to learn before becoming a programmer.
Things like Amethyst Platform are put on hold until further notice, but when I have the time I still put in some code here and there. I am still experimenting with new tech and ideas from time to time because that's just who I am and I want to keep my skills sharp.
But my focus won't be anymore in launching my own business sometime soon, but on growing Vuuh. Having your focus split between multiple projects will lead to those projects come out with a lesser quality than it would have if you would fully focus on one.
Due to the increasing responsibilities in my personal life (and professional), now I have less free time and energy to put into side-gigs. Therefore, I need to scale back a little so I avoid burnout and to be able to fully focus on the fewer things that really matter.
Remember, it's easier to prevent burnout than overcoming it. Take breaks now and then, don't push you too hard and take care of your mental health. That's a fact we recognize here at Vuuh, and we put high value on work-life balance.