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Fernando Garcia

Hi Mark! You seem to be quite disciplined and organized already. Although, finding motivation or inspiration can be hard, especially after burn-out. What do you think is the real reason why you are not as motivated as before?

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Mark Davies Author • Edited on

I think tow things mainly.

  1. Potential burn out. I recently left a job where I was getting really stressed and getting tired alot, meaning that when I got back in the evenings I would basically eat food then go to sleep and then repeat for the next five days until the weekend. Where I would have so much to catch up on (house chores etc) that I wouldn't really have time to do much else, it was a pretty vicious cycle, which is why I had to leave that position.

Now that I've got a new job (im about 3 months in) I'm mostly trying to get to a good state again now that I have more time to myself again, it's pretty refreshing!

  1. over analysing myself and probelms When I start thinking about an idea I get too bogged down in detials, I keep thinking "what about x", "what about y", instead of just working on a bare esential version of what I'm trying to achieve and i don't really know how to solve this, I've heard writing things down in a note book can help so you know to come back to it later?
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Fernando Garcia

Thanks for the detailed response! I'm happy to read that you got a better job, as you said, that's pretty refreshing.

Now, getting too bogged down with details and analyzing all options is a common pitfall for us developers. At our daily jobs, we usually have the product owner and stakeholders take care of the high-level decision making for the project. But, when we develop something entirely by our selves, we have to do a lot more than just programming.

Is this problem something you would like to spend some time and effort into fixing?

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Mark Davies Author

Yeah, it's definitely something I feel like I should work on

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Fernando Garcia

Great! Would you like me to help you with that?

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Mark Davies Author

Sure if you feel that you can help me in one way or another, I'm not sure if you can dm me on dev.to, if you can reach out! If not feel free to message me on twitter: twitter.com/joro550