TLDR; I had a burnout, and to get my sanity back I built remind.email, a tool to replace the "send e-mail to myself to read this article later" process. (demo video at the bottom)
About 6 weeks ago, I had a breakdown.
This had been building up for some time, but it got to a point where I couldn't do my job anymore, and had to completely stop working. This felt like such a failure, and I felt really terrible.
I spent the next few weeks frantically trying to relax. My psychologist kept telling me to "do the things that give me energy". I had no clue what that was, really, all I had been doing for the past years was spending time with my family, working, sleeping. Now that I had a whole day to relax and find some peace, I had no idea what to do. I started hiking, mountain bike riding, skateboarding, anything that I could do while listening to podcasts or Audiobooks that could get my mind off of the failure I was for letting my family and my colleagues down. I felt like I couldn't go near my pc (except for some Red Dead Redemption 2) because it was working at my pc that caused my burnout.
And then, after 4 weeks, at a session with my psychologist, finally something clicked : what gives me energy is making, it's building.
So, I decided to work on something that was on my mind almost every day, every night, at any idle moment :
When I come across an article that I need to read, or just a thought that I need to remember, I send myself an email. These e-mails sit in my inbox, mostly unread, and then I either forget, or don't remember what the subject was and spend a lot of time searching for that e-mail.
Every Time I think there has to be something better!
I never built a solution for this, thinking nobody would want to use it, it was too much effort, wouldn't ever make any money, and a bunch of other excuses.
But now, that didn't matter, I just need to "do something that gives me energy".
So I started building this thing, and I started feeling better. This last week, I did have my energy back, I got my self confidence back, I got clarity on my future.
AND I have a better way of reminding myself of stuff by e-mail!
Even if nobody cares, if nobody but me ever uses it, it already succeeded for me, because I no longer feel like a failure, and feel I can get my future on track again.
But just in case, just in case anyone does care, or thinks it's useful, remind.email is live, you can signup and use it. It's really an MVP at the moment, but I've been using it for the last week or so, and I do love it!
Here are a few animated gifs showing how I use it. Would really appreciate feedback.