When you don't feel like reading\programming..

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    I have the same problem from time to time, can't tell you how many times I've had to relearn the same things over and over again. If it lasts more than a week what usually helps me is figuring out a completely new project to start. By getting my brain to work out the new ideas and concepts I want to use or learn almost always gets me excited about programming again.

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    Fortunately , i'm getting a lot better. Seems like i've been a bit too worried about important stuff i had to do ASAP (plus feeling short on time) , wich lead to depression. Now that i'm almost done , i can feel the love for programming flowing through my viens again


    Quote Originally Posted by PJYelton
    I have the same problem from time to time, can't tell you how many times I've had to relearn the same things over and over again. If it lasts more than a week what usually helps me is figuring out a completely new project to start. By getting my brain to work out the new ideas and concepts I want to use or learn almost always gets me excited about programming again
    yup , thats EXACTLY how it is.

    [quote=dpro]But people go back to what they love, even if you can't stand it for a while, you go back because its fun and enjoyable at heart. Programming does lead to mental exhaustion, but it can be very rewarding as well.]
    It sucks to leave something you've been learning for a long while. I might hate it for a while , but i keep coming back because its the only thing i enjoy doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brain Cell
    I'm sure that everyone had this feeling before. But how long does it usually last?

    I ALWAYS suffer from this , i get it too often to the point i think that programming isn't what i really want.
    felt the same way, except change weeks to months.
    how do you overcome it?
    easily - i changed my major.

    i went to a career counselor and told him of my feelings of ambivelence about CS. so he asked me some questions, like describe such and such class...

    then he asked me if i noticed how much time i spend describing classes. he told me that i spend about a minute to 2 talking about my CS classes, and between 3 to 5 describing my anthro classes.

    he said it seemed like to him that i enjoyed anthro more and he ddint know why i was majoring in cs. ultimately the decision was mine and i switched majors.

    so now i have a degree in anthropology and a minor in cs, both of which are rarely ever used in my profession - writing and administering contracts for the gov't - GO COLLEGE!
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    Currently I'm at the "burnt out" stage. (Having just written the worlds fastest Game of Life program I feel I'm entitled to be).

    Normally I go for a walk in the woods with my dog, or to the beach, get drunk (I don't do this too often) - getting out and away from screens is the best thing. Sleep is good too.

    But then I get another idea which excites me so I always come back to some project or other.

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    We all get like that Brain.

    And depression may be the cause of it..but know that it's completely normal to get tired of programming and learning it... And so is depression, as a feeling. We all get blue..we all get caught in ruts some times...we all lose our patience with things...and we all sometimes just don't have the will to do things.

    Don't think there's anything wrong with you, or that you're different. If it makes you feel any better, I've been through my share of horrible unmotivation and depression problems, that escalated into suicide attempts and all sorts of goofy stuff.

    The best advice you can get is just: know that you're not alone in depression or unmotivation: whether it's consistent or just a mood....it's not unsual. Just take some time to do things you enjoy...be social...talk, get out...try to take your mind off things. Just because you want to program for a living(or maybe you don't)...doesn't mean that you have to always feel like doing it and be devoted to it all the time to be considered a programmer.

    We all need our space, and we all need to just relax and reflect sometimes. Don't worry, be happy.
    Last edited by Krak; 03-02-2005 at 12:18 PM.

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    Wow.. that was great.. Now I truly know that I am not alone.
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    heh , yea .. its good to know that we're not alone .

    Krak :
    Thanks for sharing that.
    DrakkenKorin :
    nah, i won't\can't change it. Computers are the only thing i'm good at. Its just the depressions and laziness i get from time to time.


    ok this went too long , someone will probably think im trying to get people's attention or something , lol. Will a mod close this please?

    thanks in advance
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