Ummm… I have no idea what stereotypes about women and their place in tech has to do with personal perspectives on taking a break. Why respond with something so negative and has nothing to do with the topic of personal study habits?That question is rhetorical btw, I dontl ike hijacking a thread, just questions Id like you to consider Mark.
Anyway, I actually just wrote about this in reply to someone who wanted to study 75+ hrs a week. When I started out, i was studying and average 10hrs day, and didnt take a single day off. Even my daughter was telling me to take a break I mean, she gets it…her passion is in art and without exaggeration, she has been drawing every day since she was 4. Maybe missed a couple days here and there when she was ill or something, but its something she is passionate about…its not work cause she loves it. At the same time…while she can spend hours working on a project, esp now during Midterms or Finals (shes majoring in digital art), she has her days where she only does a quick sketch or doodle. Every day is not a hardcore day, which is what I was doing…and I burned out so hard that I ended up stepping away from coding, FCC, everything for almost 2 months.
Now, I take a break at least once a week, sometimes even 2 days. I still have some 10hr days, usually when Im super close to finishing a project and cant put it down, but on average I study for 6 hours a day now. I havnt completely not touched code though, on my days off, I just work on an algorithm or two, or get on HackerRank or CodingGames for about an hour…but then thats it, the theme of the day is to let my brain rest and do something else. That has helped TREMENDOUSLY to my level of focus when I get back to it.
So its half an half, I do code every day still…just that theres a huge dfifference between 1hr and take the rest of the ay off, and 10hours a day for 2 weeks straight…which at least for me, wasnt sustainable, even though I felt A-OK…until the moment my brain went on strike. Give yourself a break…you need that downtime to decompress…you wont lose everything youve learned, on the contrary, if you dont allow yourself breaks, you’ll work yourself to exhaustion and be many times less efficient.