Publish only mode as the cure for burnout

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:

This is an interesting idea:

So, instead, I decided to fix the root of the problem. I realized that I was letting too many people into my world, not delegating enough, and needed help maintaining my projects. I didn’t want to lose what I valued most about my position within our community—being able to influence the world I cared so much about.

So, I unfollowed everyone on Twitter. Every single person. I stopped paying attention to tech trends and reading hacker news. I went into publish-only mode.

This was a great move, and something that I’ve seen many other developers do (although often implicitly, not explicitly) and is a great way to recover from the stresses of open software development. Take a break from the noise. Be gentle with yourself.

Today, I follow a healthy number of people on social media and am relatively engaged, but I was definitely overly engaged for a long time. It’s easy for that to happen.