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The Benefits Of A 'MakeCation'

The Benefits of a

We’ve all heard of the boringly named “staycation” where you just sit around your town and take some time off work. But Threadnote co-founder Bryan Clark shares his version of that, the MakeCation.

Photo by Mitch Altman

The basic idea here is really simple. If you can’t (or just don’t want to) spend the money on travelling, take some time off work and make something. Clark explains:

When you’re stuck on a project, there’s only one way out: push through it. I was finishing up a year-long project at work, so I put in for two weeks of time off. Normally I’d relax, but this wasn’t a vacation: I wanted to finish the tough bits and ship the app. As cheesy as the name is, I called it my “MakeCation”.

I woke up at the usual time, headed to a cafe, and worked on our app as if it were a full-time job. I only needed three things: Wi-Fi, Xcode, and OmniFocus. Those 10 days led to an app that was nearly done, and a few weeks later, Ryan and I launched our app.

We’re often told to “just ship it”; there’s a notion that quality can be built in later. With an app, though, you only get one launch day.

Clark’s example shows that when you take the time to make that last push you can make something great.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Take a MakeCation [A Better Mess via 99U]