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	Knowing I read a lot, someone recently asked how I balance learning and working.
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	When do you stop reading and get back to work?
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	When do you stop working and go learn something new?
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	Being self-employed and in control of my own schedule, I used to wrestle with this a lot.
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	I’d be so thirsty to keep reading and learning, that I’d feel bad I hadn’t done any real work in weeks.
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	Other times I’d just work, work, work for weeks without stopping to read some of the brilliant books I’d already bought.
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	Then I realized something so obvious it’s funny that I’m writing it here:
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	Stop wrestling.
	Don’t fight it.
	Go with it, either direction.
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	If you’re excited to work, work.
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	Sneak out of bed at 4am if your toes are tapping, and go do what’s on your mind.
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	But if you’re tired, don’t fight it.
	Sleep.
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	If you’ve got writer’s block, <a href="/book/IgnoreEverybody">enjoy the silence while it lasts</a>.
	In another day, week, or month, you’ll be so filled with things to say you’ll be sneaking out of bed again.
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	Who knows why the brain is into different things at different times.
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	But we’re so much more effective when we follow what our body wants to do, rather than trying to fight it.
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	Of course I’m writing this as a reminder to myself, because today was one of those days where I wanted to do a bunch of programming, but I was at this computer for hours and didn’t get a damn thing done.
	All I wanted to do was read on the couch.
	So I shut the laptop and read for a few hours.
	Which was just what I needed, and ended up inspiring the hell out of me, so that afterwards I jumped up and came back to programming, now more effectively.
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