Day 14


Today’s the end of the second weekend of my sabbatical, and as I unilaterally decided, the end of “Phase 1“…

The assiduous reader will notice at this point that I never mentioned that there would be “phases” during this leave. Well, guess what? That’s one of the privileges of sabbaticals: you get to make the rules as you move forward!

So, what was this “Phase 1” that just ended? It was something I needed: two weeks of true nothing, just recharging batteries after what was probably the most intense year of my professional life. In the last two weeks, the only goal I tried to reach was based on a video game.

It was good, I feel much better, but it’s also as much as I can take of doing nothing, hence the beginning of “Phase 2”.

I am not entirely sure about what this phase will look like, I know I want to make a few changes, among which going out a lot more, doing all the little things that I postponed in the recent past, from home maintenance to doctor appointments, from eating better to ride the bike again.

There isn’t a better moment to start with a good idea than right now, so today I applied the new principle and repaired two windows screens that we got installed a while ago to keep our cats safe when the windows are open.

The “super-strong-cat-proof” net we were sold was actually destroyed by Paprika… no comment.

I actually picked up recently two rolls of a much better net, made of fibreglass, that is supposed to be at the same time pet-proof and stop insects. Time will tell if it’s either, both, or neither, but at least it looks much nicer.


By Paolo Belcastro

Paolo is a modern nomad: after Italy, France, and Switzerland, he now lives in Vienna, Austria from where he works on Automattic's Jetpack and .blog products. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to his family, cats, and hobbies. Working remotely since 1994, managing distributed teams since 1998, he firmly believes that remote work is the key to peaceful coexistence for 10 billion humans.

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