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Re: GSoC 2020 update: July 25

From: Jean Abou Samra
Subject: Re: GSoC 2020 update: July 25
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:03:10 +0200
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Le 26/07/2020 à 10:23, Owen Lamb a écrit :

Well, of all the new things I'm experiencing in this job, I'm starting to
experience burnout. With just about a month left, though, I know I need to
keep at it. If you're the praying type, I wouldn't mind if you sent a few
my way! In the meantime, I'm going to try to get a healthy work/rest
schedule going.


Hi Owen,

This reminds me of the Python developer's guide:

  Burn-out is common in open source due to a misunderstanding of what users, contributors, and maintainers should expect from each other.

Having watched your project from the early days, I see that you are being extremely serious about it. While I do not understand what you talk about in your e-mails, the amount of details given as well as the discussions with developers clearly indicate you're working hard.

Working without seeing each other in real life isn't simple, because you get little feedback about how others perceive your work, so I figured I would send this message to tell you that your commitment in this project is patently impressive and very much appreciated.

I guess you need to set the expectations on yourself so as to lower the pressure; in fact, even when paid, working on a Free and open source software project is volunteering, which entails that the primary motivation for all this is and should remain pleasure.

My two cents now: take a real break. Set LilyPond aside for, say, three days. Go hiking with your friends, see you grand-parents, play bowling, whatever lets you talk with people you enjoy and have fun. The most important thing is: let your laptop sleep (if you're receiving lilypond-devel e-mail on your phone, go to your subscription page and turn off mail delivery while you're having a break; this feature is essential for my own rest at the very least).

The other thing is to reflect now about the end of your project. Wondering what you'll need to do next week is great, but puts you at risk of getting overwhelmed. What needs to be done in the end? Then keep planning, going back in time, and you'll probably find that overall, you're in a good schedule. I anticipate that six bullet points to tick is going to be too much for a single week, which could leave you frustrated. By setting such a schedule, you will do the same work, but you will work more peacefully-minded.

At the piano, when I have spent two months working on a piece, I find it useful to set it aside for two weeks, then come back to it for about four weeks. It's a surprising experience. The day you play it again, you got some distance with it and you start another round of maturing your perspective. What I mean is that taking a bit of rest is not only necessary for your well-being, but can also benefit to your project.

Well, hope I'm not being too nanny-ish, but I just felt like this could help.

Best regards,

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