Taking the weekend back


I’ve got something really simple to tell you today.

It’s about dealing with burnout.

Have you ever had so much on your plate that you don’t even know where to start? There are so many projects and assignments to do but for some reason you can’t decide which one you start.

And then the deadline for those projects looms ever closer so you get even more anxious?

Yeah, that’s been my last few months. It’s been a lot of stress but the hard work paid out in the end.

And there was one thing I always did that got me through all of it.

I took the weekend back!

No matter how busy my weekdays got, and I was working some 12-14 hour days sometimes, I always made sure I had the weekend to decompress.

I had fun. I relaxed. I did stuff around the house or in the yard.

Basically, anything other than my normal weekday work. Even if it was hard labor in the yard it was relaxing because it took my mind off things.

And I can’t recommend that enough. If you’re overstressed because of something that’s going on, you need to give yourself at least a day of decompression and relaxation.

Now, I could give you a bunch of analogies related to audio.

  • Give your mixes room to breathe.
  • Introduce some dynamics so that the harder parts are hard and the softer parts stay soft.
  • Try a completely different mic technique or plug-in to get a different dimension in your mixes.

Stuff like that could all fit as a comparison to my story.

But not today. Just remember to relax. And if you can, please take your weekend back.

That’s it for today. Don’t get too overworked this week.

And if you need some reading material, you know where to find my books:


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