Ask DN: How do you handle mood shifts?

almost 6 years ago from Onur Senture, Design Lead @ / Co-founder @

  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, almost 6 years ago

    This happens to me quite often, especially because I spent 100% time working on my startup and it's extremely mentally and physically exhausting. I work from my apartment and I have a dedicated room for my home office and I fight this using 2 hacks:

    1. I take a long shower. we have an open shower so it's big and there's a bench so I can stay there for a while) to come up with new, fresh ideas which I just dump into Memex as they come to my mind (I have iPhone in waterproof case).

    2. I take long walk. We live in the PH floor so I have direct access to the rooftop of our building (important—without taking the elevator—makes it quick) and there's a decent park where I just walk and think about ideas and when I feel I'm refreshed I can just run back to my office and get back to work.

    Both features we're crucial when we we're choosing the apt. Quite a challenge in NYC to find both :)

    P.S. Small things like changing wallpaper, buying little things like a new mousepad sometimes also help.

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    • Onur SentureOnur Senture, almost 6 years ago

      You're so lucky Robin. :) I wish I had these opportunities. For the small suggestions, I gently want to thank to you.

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    • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, almost 6 years ago

      I agree, taking a long walk even at lunch helps a lot. Taking a 10 min break will help you save 30+ mins of pixel pushing or FB surfing cause your brain is tired. I do my best thinking away from the screen and distractions.

      For very dull sprints, I tend to fiddle around with a person project or researching hobbies just so I can survive the two weeks. At least for myself, nothing was worse then feeling unaccomplished at the end of the day.

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    • Judah GuttmannJudah Guttmann, almost 6 years ago

      +1 for the buying new office goodies haha

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