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First Coding Burnout?

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Could you share the story of what led to your first experience of burnout from programming?

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ツ John

It’s happened to me so many times over the last few years

I’ve made it a point to not burn out while building

I’ve realized what usually leads to burnout for me:

  • not getting enough sleep
  • staying up really late writing code
  • not eating enough
  • not exercising
  • elevated stress levels

Now I make sure I workout a few times a week, sleep 7-8 hours, eat well, and make sure I recognize the signs of burnout.

This has allowed me to avoid it for the last few months.

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William Torrez

The majority of programmers work in the night.
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My first burnout from programming was 3rd year college:
I was the technical contact for two groups of students (including my own) on a project I'd been working for the summer prior with our only contact at the project that was absolutely not technical (this is not necessarily a bad thing, just a relevant detail).. and no one aside from me had used the stack the project was built on before so I was the first person anyone asked questions to and was teaching everyone enough about the stack so they could work with it. I basically spent the rest of that year and about half of my fourth year burnt out and trying to write as little code as i could to get by. Was very glad when my 4th year capstone team let me happily plug away at some infrastructure stuff instead of writing a lot of the heavier code for our project.

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William Torrez • Edited

I read a lot of documentation, tutorial, books (database, algorithms, software engineer), learn a new language, read code of other developers and solve some problems.