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  What You Do When You are Burnt Out  (Read 4232 times)
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Offline Slyth2727
« Posted 2013-08-16 22:56:08 »

What do you guys do when you are either rather burnt out on programming or need to figure out something?
I personally play my guitar and play Minecraft (Classic teenager here Wink ).

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Offline tyeeeee1
« Reply #1 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:19:07 »

I usually either forget about coding all together for a few days to a few weeks and then one day I'll think up some easy solution to whatever problem had me burnt out and I'll go back. Some of the main things that I do during my 'burnt-out' time would be to play the odd game, read up on programming.reddit, java.reddit, coding.reddit, etc... learn some more math, watch shows or watch a movie.
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« Reply #2 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:20:09 »

Embrace the flames! MUAHAHAHAHAHAH!

I try to just re-focus more than go do something else. I know if I play a game, I won't stop playing it.

If I do play a game however, I want to play something similar to what i'm creating, but unfortunately, there isn't anything similar to what i'm creating, and the games that are close, I will want to invest hours and hours in, and become a little addicted Tongue
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Offline opiop65

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:20:57 »

I just sit back for a couple seconds and think about the problem. Weirdly enough, that usually solves it. When I was taking high school computer science I would get stuck on a problem, the class would end and I would figure out the problem to my answer almost 5 minutes after! Mad me so mad.

Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #4 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:22:32 »

Yeah I'm taking my high school java class for an easy A this year (Hopefully). I bet that'll happen with me Wink. Freshman year's gonna be interesting..

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Offline Jeremy
« Reply #5 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:44:02 »

Sometimes I'll be stuck on some code design problem or algorithm design problem and I'll sit there in front of my computer for hours getting head-aches, growing frustrated and (sometimes) cursing at the IDE for doing stupid annoying things that waste my time (like loseing sync with resource files etc...)

Then I figured out that that really just makes the entire process a lot more painful - and doing something relaxing with the problem in mind, you will usually muster up a solution in a few hours.

So I would just get something to eat, watch TV etc when I'm burnt out. I'm typically not burnt our for longer than two or three hours though. Except - err merr gerrd - I take Electrical Engineering courses at university and over the summer I have virtually 0 time to do any Java programming, they put you in C on microcontrollers and VHDL\Verilog with PLDs and you really get nothing much relevant to Java... So recently I haven't done much programming during my days at university (going back in a month now...)

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Offline Troncoso

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:55:18 »

You guys wait until you get some sort of development job (if you ever plan to). I love Java, but after doing PHP for 8 hours a day, it's hard to come home and open eclipse.
Offline opiop65

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2013-08-17 00:27:55 »

I actually really want to be a pilot, and develop programs on the side as just a hobby! I've found that giving me deadlines for my coding projects really stresses me out to the point where I write bad code, delete entire projects and end up screaming at my computer at some points. I don't handle stress well apparently Tongue However, giving me a deadline also motivates me a lot to learn more and strive for harder goals, so maybe I'm stressed out because I end up having to research for the first half of the deadline and then actually cram coding into the second half. As a hobby, its really nice to come home after a long day and just relax and code something that doesn't require me to research hours upon hours of stuff. But that's just me!

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2013-08-17 00:33:34 »

When I'm too burnt out to program, I help those that aren't.

Offline opiop65

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2013-08-17 00:43:16 »

When I'm too burnt out to program, I help those that aren't.
This. I feel like I'm just starting to get to the point where I can offer useful advice to others and it really makes me happy. I also learn a lot along the way, so it's a win-win.

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Offline jonjava
« Reply #10 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:03:47 »

Spend too much time on this forum as of late :V

Offline Eli Delventhal

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:14:17 »

I go to work and program anyway.  Pointing

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Offline Z-Man
« Reply #12 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:40:36 »

I don't every really get burnt out on programming, what usually happens is a get burnt out on a project. So I just switch to working on a different project Grin granted jumping from project to project isn't very productive for any one project but it keeps me interested and having fun. However on the rare occasion that I do get burnt out on programming or just don't feel like programming I usually go play a game that someone else made. Playing other games also helps me come up with ideas for the games I'm working on.
Offline Andre Lopes
« Reply #13 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:54:32 »

I don't every really get burnt out on programming, what usually happens is a get burnt out on a project. So I just switch to working on a different project Grin granted jumping from project to project isn't very productive for any one project but it keeps me interested and having fun. However on the rare occasion that I do get burnt out on programming or just don't feel like programming I usually go play a game that someone else made. Playing other games also helps me come up with ideas for the games I'm working on.

I usually go play other game, maybe record a video for youtube,  and complain that nobody watches is or comment on it and hm, well, i suggest you to get a girlfriend if you dont have one.

Or go to troll at some game, i suggest a f2p game.
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« Reply #14 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:31:31 »

Reddit and Battlefield 3. That's what I've been doing for the past few months...... persecutioncomplex

Offline cubemaster21
« Reply #15 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:32:51 »

Reddit, TF2, or maybe even do something I'm actually supposed to be doing...

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Offline relminator
« Reply #16 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:35:21 »

Movies, 3DS, NDS, PSP, Cable TV, or just Fixing something on the house.  The problem when I do gaming and I play a long game, I forget about coding for months. ;*(
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