The "Reitoff principle": Why you should add "nothing" to your work-life schedule

The “Reitoff principle”: Why you should add “nothing” to your work-life schedule.
The Reitoff principle gives us permission to write off a day and intentionally step away from achieving anything.

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It’s great! I do this every day.

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What do you do with your days then Oisín? Hiking? Gym’ing? Relaxing? Anything interesting? :upside_down_face:

Ah, too many things with not enough focus or progress on any one thing! I play a few musical instruments (not all of them every day though), learn programming languages that seem interesting (like Prolog, Picat, APL and J), work on some game ideas with Defold, some volunteering work and watch way too many Youtube videos.
Actually I really do need a bit more “nothing” time, and to spend more time completing projects and less time in researching and learning mode :slightly_smiling_face:

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They all sound great and I’m sure are enriching your life Oisín, well, apart from maybe the youTube videos :lol:

Which instruments do you play?

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I took piano lessons for years and really basic rhythm guitar, but recently started learning violin and Irish concertina, since the kids have been doing trad music classes. It’s a bit of fun, and quite different to the piano (esp. the violin, just getting any kind of clean tone out of it is a challenge). The kids play violin so I accompany them on the piano. Do you play too?

Recently I’ve been thinking about making some kind of computer game involving MIDI input. Going back to the Reitoff thing, I think it might help there because usually I spend too much time in “input” mode, i.e. reading, watching videos, doing tutorials etc. I rarely take the time to just sit down with pen and paper and think things through in “slow time”, which is needed to come up with creative ideas and flesh them out.

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Ah nice! I keep meaning to learn music theory but never get the time for it. I don’t play anything myself but I used to have a home recording studio as I dabbled in D&B production - it’s been in my mum’s garage for years but I’ve started to bring it all here as I want to set it back up. What kind of music are you into yourself?

Ah nice! One of @rvirding’s LFE team members has been doing stuff with music - if you’re up for learning a new language lfe it might be of interest to you:

It’s been a while since I watched the video in that threat but I think it was a program controlling synthesisers. If you like Lisps you might like LFE :003:

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Nice! I used to listen to a lot of stuff from the label Reinforced Records in Dollis Hill, after hearing the ridiculous but brilliant job they did on the English dub of the Fist of the North Star anime – they threw out the original soundtrack and put in crazy D&B / jungle stuff instead.

I did classical piano since I was a kid, and started sight-reading jazz from whatever books I could get (especially Dave Brubeck’s work). But in the last few years, my kids have been playing Irish trad music, so I started accompanying them on piano and eventually learning violin and concertina, because… well why not :slight_smile:
Over the years I’ve dabbled a little with MIDI sequencers, trackers and DAWs, my favourites lately being probably LMMS and Ardour, but there’s a whole world to those that I’ve barely tapped into.

I do like Lisps and spent a bit of time with Common Lisp and then Scheme (which was much smaller and easier to form a mental model about). Heard of LFE a while ago but didn’t look too closely, thanks for the link :+1:

The one you should talk with about this is Duncan McGreggor, @oubiwann in the Erlang Forums, who is the musician. I just gave him LFE :wink:, which he has also contributed a lot too as well.