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#21 Obachuka   Members   -  Reputation: 143

Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

I find that once I start coding, I almost always enjoy it.  It's just very hard to START doing it.  What I have done to combat this is constantly have my code open.  I never close it.  Even when playing games, its open in the background.  A lot of times what will happen is I'll think of something small to do and since it is already open, I'll make a quick change.  Then that will lead to another change.  Before I know it, I've just coded for 3 hours, enjoyed my time doing it, and made a lot of progress.

 

Once you can get over the initial hump of STARTING, you probably already won the battle.  There have been so many nights when I didn't feel like coding and just forced myself to do it anyway and then 5 hours later (when I should have been sleeping) I was still working (and enjoying it).

 

Yup, starting is the hardest for me. I should try what you do.

 

A related question for you guys, have you ever procrastinated by playing your own game you're working on? The most guiltless procrastinating I've ever done.



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#22 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4761

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

I've done that with every thing I've coded so far. Just toying around.

 

I will need to get days of 40hs if I ever code something really playable.


Edited by TheChubu, 14 January 2013 - 08:37 PM.

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#23 DigitalSavior   Members   -  Reputation: 189

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

I put the pro in procrastination.  Most of mine seems to come from me being unmotivated.  You need to find out how to motivate yourself.



#24 Kk1496   Members   -  Reputation: 201

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

I have that problem ALL THE TIME at school and getting off my lazy rear and doing something with myself (learning c++) does anyone have any suggestions for overcoming this problem

#25 szecs   Members   -  Reputation: 2185

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:00 PM

I have that problem ALL THE TIME at school and getting off my lazy rear and doing something with myself (learning c++) does anyone have any suggestions for overcoming this problem
Just do it. Discipline.

I honestly think that conscription should be brought back in some form.

Edited by szecs, 21 January 2013 - 11:01 PM.


#26 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:38 AM

I have that problem ALL THE TIME at school and getting off my lazy rear and doing something with myself (learning c++) does anyone have any suggestions for overcoming this problem

Are you being taught C++? If not you could try an easier to understand language. C++ is harder to understand on your own than a lot of other languages, though I know a lot of people disagree.



#27 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 14258

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

Whenever I feel the urge to procrastinate, I stop and try to push it away.

Maybe take a nap, watch Tiny Toons or MacGyver, or eat.

If the show is over and I still feel some urge to procrastinate I go all-out in my anti-procrastination campaign.  I post on forums, browse the Internet, play piano, go shopping—it’s a full-on anti-procrastination attack.

 

After a few hours my procrastination didn’t know what hit it and I can get back to work.

You just have to learn how to take charge of your procrastination and show it who’s boss.

 

 

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#28 Python Blue   Members   -  Reputation: 151

Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

I admit I may have a procrastination problem, though not when it comes to actually writing music.
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#29 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 10159

Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

I've been meaning to say something about procrastination...  Finally got around to it.


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#30 TomAAAAA   Members   -  Reputation: 104

Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

If you were studing business or science, it would be completely obvious that playing games instead of working on your assignments is a bad idea. I understand where you are coming from with the being exposed idea, but you can probably see alomst everything new in the first 10-15 minutes of the game. You should spend less time looking at the edge, and more time getting closer to it.

 

The people who made those games made them by making them, not playing them.


Edited by TomAAAAA, 12 February 2013 - 04:18 PM.


#31 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4761

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

For a week this worked pretty well for me:

 

Start coding and once you get bored and notice you can't longer keep going, close your IDE and play Mount & Blade Warband on the hardest settings (except for the "only save on exit" option which is the path to madness).

 

Try to win a tournament with a level 5 (or less) character until you notice you're frustrated enough and can't play any longer, then launch the IDE again and start coding again.

 

Repeat until you die of exhaustion... Or you win the tournament (probably you will die of exhaustion though).


Edited by TheChubu, 12 February 2013 - 05:56 PM.

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#32 Lode   Members   -  Reputation: 982

Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

If you can afford to, I'd suggest getting a dedicated work machine. Any cheap, probably used, 1-2 year old laptop will be enough for programming, even games, if you are not planning on developing the next CryEngine

Be wary of the requirements of your dev tools. I wanted to develop for WP8 over my vacation, but you need 64 bit W8, and I only had 32 bit W8 on my laptop.

 

While I am totally disgusted by the W8 thing (the only thing dev tools SHOULD require is a text editor and a compiler, these should not have platform restrictions), I agree with the sentiment of be wary of the requirements of your dev tools.

 

But I'm more on the hardware side here: a proper keyboard, mouse, large screen...


Edited by Lode, 13 February 2013 - 11:21 AM.


#33 Icebone1000   Members   -  Reputation: 1148

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:21 AM

What sucks the most is when you finally got urself a free time, after have been working on something (paid work/or any under some pressure work) very hard, realizing how productive you can be if you only sit in front of a computer and program! then you think like "jeez man, look all I have done in only a day, now Imagine what I can do if I start to work on my own games in my hobby projects like that!!"

 

Then you get yourself all the free time you need for some reason...And dont to 1/3 of the shit you do at the job..WHY??

 

I wonder how ppl like John Carmack are in life...I mean, are the difference between ppl like him and average joes the time of procrastination? or is it just the learn speed?






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