I keep coming back to comment on one of my posts from [11 days]
What i took from it was "if you don't enjoy it why are you doing it"
To which i replied that i did enjoy it; and i do.
I sincerely enjoy all my hobbyist coding, i spend a great deal of my time either coding or reading about code/designing and i have done for quite some time.
As of now I've been coding at a decent level for roughly 11 years during which i spent most of my spare time learning/coding to varying degrees of success.
I've been to university to study a programming related degree and i now work as a software programmer.
Recently over the last ~1/2 year I've started to notice no matter how hard i work or how many hours i put in I'm seeing less and less of a return/progress on my projects. In small time frames it's not noticeable but looking back there is a definite decline.
I'm still learning new things and the application of these new things comes as easy as it always has so it's not really decline in skill (hopefully) more of an increase in the difficulty of getting things done to the same quality on the same time frame.
The motivation and enjoyment is still there but the efficiency and overall capability is definitely lower than it should be.
I'm beginning to think I'm a bit burnt out from the coding centric lifestyle I've gotten used to. Not manic depression only working because i have to burnt out but more of a subtle decline in efficiency.
It's a hard thing to admit that you are not up to bar, even with yourself from year ago and it took a while for me to really see and admit that this was the case.
I spent 11 days coding something that i could have knocked out in 3 days a couple years ago and i struggled even with that.
I'm still sure that coding is what i wanted to do in that there's no doubt whatsoever (unless someone wants to pay me monies to evaluate bacon, like a bacon critic...yeah that would be awesome).
I'm going to try something unprecedented for me; I'm going to go code free - cold turkey for a couple of months.
Not as dramatic as it first sounds as i still code for my job but it's not particularly taxing and i can separate work from the rest of my life.
Once i leave work my life is code free until the next morning, now i don't know about you but I'm struggling to see my life without programming. It's all I've ever seriously done; i mean what will i do with all the spare time? What would you do?
I'll be doing this up until august (when i get back from my holiday).
During this time i will only be coding during office hours (and a very small amount of overtime), while I'm not at work i will have to find something else to do with my time.
I'm still a techie at heart so I'll probably do some old fashioned design and get a few of my ideas fleshed out on paper (they are not all programming projects).
I've also always wanted to write some short stories and that sounds sufficiently far away from programming to be relaxing.
Big fan of Zen meditation so I'll have more time for that.
Ooh also need more exercise; having a girlfriend and full time job has made me a bit more rotund than i would like to admit.
I'd quite like to obtain some level of skill in illustration and/or modelling so i might see about some classes or independent learning.
I also have a backdated log of games i bought and never played so i may get back some gaming time.
I've honestly no idea what will happen or what I'll end up doing, but it's fun to try new things (even if your new thing is NOT doing your old thing)
I'm going to try and keep a weekly journal of un-programming, just going over what I've been doing and whether or not i like it.
[On a separate note, Bacon critic is sounding more and more like a good idea]
Do any of you have any experiences with burnout, if so what were your symptoms/solutions?
Also I'm open to suggestions/criticisms; any feedback is usually good feedback regardless of the tone.
Thank you for listening