Getting back into the loop of things

jcowie profile image JCowie ・2 min read

Hey All!

I've been out of the Programming game for a while now, taking a break I guess to focus on some other hobbies. If I've learned anything from that break it's that you should not take a complete break. Your mind complete goes blank when you try to get back in the loop of things.

I was sat, chilling, watching GitHub Satellite a couple of nights ago watching the talks and I thought to myself. "I should be doing that, not missing out on all this cool new stuff" So I got myself together, logged onto GitHub and came back to a tonne of issues in my repos, pull-requests needing approved and I had no idea what I was doing.

So, if you want to take a break from Coding. Here are my top tips, leave a comment below with your opinions or any extra tips!

  1. Never take a complete break unless you have made measures to ensure that your projects won't go haywire while you are gone. Consider getting a friend to take over. I would also recommend staying updated on big changes to the coding world - That's the only exception

  2. Embrace your other hobbies. Their is more to life than Coding, DEV Blogging and looking at random memes on Reddit. If you have a side hobby, why not get back into or spend more time on it. Even take up a new one!

  3. Stick to a good schedule. This varies for everyone and may not work for everyone but I found myself wondering what I should do and found that having a consistent schedule is the best way to keep yourself occupied.

  4. Connect with other humans. As a developer, we tend to always be too busy to catch up with friends or family. Take this time to have a zoom call or two and see what everyone else has been up to!

  5. Enjoy your break! It's a great opportunity to clear your head, stop worrying if your project is going to pass build tests and just enjoy the time away from your screen.

Have a Great Day :)

Posted on Dec 2 '19 by:

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16 Year Old Programmer/Web Developer/Aspiring Cyber Security Expert and the Lord of Linux.


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May I ask how long was your break? Are we talking weeks, months, years?

The reason I'm asking is that one of the developers I had the pleasure to work with, a while ago, had this "own policy" that when changing jobs (developer jobs) he must, first, take a short job in a totally different environment that has nothing to do with IT.

In the last 7 years he changed 3 IT jobs. In-between he had a 3-months job as a bartender and a 1-year job as a cook (or something like that) on a transatlantic ship.

At first I wouldn't know what to make of it, but as time passed for me too, I came to understand his decisions. Not yet sure if I'd have the courage to do that tho.


Hey there!

It's been roughly 4 months (I think). But still long enough for me to forget almost everything that I learned xD. Interesting story, being Trained both as a Chef and a Developer. A getaway like that would be good as at least you are keeping yourself busy, unlike me. Sat at home wondering what to do.