What do you do if you have 6 months break from work?

Salesforce forceSal
Jun 10 31 Comments

I am going to have a 6 months paternity leave in my company. I may not be totally busy as I am going to get some help from my in-laws. I may definitely have some free time everyday for 6 months. I am planning to take care of my health and fitness as a top priority.

This is probably my one time in a life opportunity to have a 6 months break from work. Hoping to hear some good suggestions on what good and useful things I can do in 6 months that will help me in our life?

I can think of following in priority order

Gym and fitness
Fix health problems
Read some good technical articles

I am not leetcoding 😀

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TOP 31 Comments
  • New Kxeh44
    Maybe you should take care of the baby and your spouse since it's a paternity leave not a self improvement time for gym and fitness and reading
    Jun 10 7
    • New
      uedC03

      New

      BIO
      I like long beaches on the walk.
      uedC03more
      Maybe you shouldn't troll, the worlds not a perfect fucking place.
      Jun 10
    • New Kxeh44
      So an opinion of a woman who is encouraging to participate in parenting is trolling because it's less desirable to your ears...
      Jun 10
    • New
      uedC03

      New

      BIO
      I like long beaches on the walk.
      uedC03more
      Yes, abso-damn-lutely.
      Jun 10
    • New Kxeh44
      Go troll elsewhere
      Jun 10
    • New
      uedC03

      New

      BIO
      I like long beaches on the walk.
      uedC03more
      Can you smell what the troll is cooking, obviously not, because you are the troll!
      Jun 10
    • New
      uedC03

      New

      BIO
      I like long beaches on the walk.
      uedC03more
      Also learn to read and respond, instead of reacting after reading the first line. op said they may have some free time. G'day
      Jun 10
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      Yes, thanks for your advise. I am definitely going to spend most of my time with my wife and kid. But, since I have some help from my in-laws, I am going to have some free time.
      Jun 10
  • Amazon
    Maxter

    Amazon

    BIO
    Yo-yo Chen
    Maxtermore
    All paid 6 months paternity?!? What the fcuk!
    Jun 10 7
    • Amazon PT Cruiser
      I think we get 6 weeks 😂
      Jun 10
    • IBM / Eng namastayyy
      Haha Amazon blows
      Jun 10
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      It’s 80% not fully paid
      Jun 10
    • Amazon jump_ship
      80% is still a lot- enough to cover all recurring expenses + spare a little something for travel.
      Congrats on becoming a parent OP!
      Jun 10
    • Amazon PT Cruiser
      What does IBM give
      Jun 10
    • IBM / Eng namastayyy
      idk don't work there anymore
      Jun 10
    • Amazon PT Cruiser
      Me either 😂
      Jun 10
  • New Yunji
    Go to the gym, baby can be your spotter.
    Jun 10 1
    • Oracle / Data bendy
      Yeah babies need to pull their weight around. Like they get free shelter, food, clothes in return spotting is the minimum they can do.
      Jun 10
  • Amazon inode
    OP:
    Let me first congratulate you for being in a state where you can say, “i have this free time and what do I do with it!”. I mean you are not compelled to change jobs and get sucked into leetcode - that’s a positive thing going on for you.

    Allocate some cycles for “in-law management”. Ahem!😜

    I have always dreamt about this kind of a break. Here is what I would do:
    “Fix health - allocate some big quantity of cycles to exercise, develop good diet and a routine. Basically use this time to get into that good rythm and develop habits to maintain it.”

    I also have this crazy idea of writing a novel. Well, some day it might happen.

    One piece of advice - just pick one thing and laser focus on it. If you have any time left after, just chill - drink-netflix (and/or amzn prime)

    I both envy you as well as feel happy for u 😃
    Jun 10 1
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      Thanks inode. That’s a good advice. Maybe I should focus on one thing and make that as a habit instead of trying many things. 6 months is a good enough time to convert something into a habit.
      Jun 10
  • Amazon PT Cruiser
    Wow they give 6 months for dads?
    Jun 10 3
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      Yes, you can take max up to 6 months
      Jun 10
    • LinkedIn mtndew💚
      So 2 unpaid?
      Jun 10
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      It’s not 100% pay though. 80% of your earnings
      Jun 10
  • IBM / Eng namastayyy
    Salesforce is so awesome they give this to guys too haha
    Jun 10 0
  • Thermo Fisher / Product Bluezz
    Travel a lot (yes, with baby). Many people stay put at home once they have a baby. But being locked in adds to the stress. You can do short local trips from about 2 months. And do longer road trips or fly from about 3 months. I traveled a lot and wish I traveled more.
    Jun 10 1
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      Thanks. I would definitely consider this
      Jun 10
  • New
    uedC03

    New

    BIO
    I like long beaches on the walk.
    uedC03more
    I would still code, probably a side project. I would code afrer riding a bike somewhere.
    Jun 10 1
    • Salesforce forceSal
      OP
      Yeah, I though about that. But I don’t want spend more time on computer again. I’ll end up spending all my day 😀
      Jun 10
  • Oracle / Data bendy
    Op pick an event 6 months out like a half marathon, triathlon or iron man or CrossFit regional

    And than crush it in the next 6 months.

    The beautiful thing is after 6 months it may be a little tough to continue at the same level but you will probably have the endurance, discipline and community to help you keep going.
    Jun 10 0
  • New / Eng EwcT73
    Why can't you fix health issues while working?
    Jun 10 0

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