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For the past 2 months I have not been able to program anything (even non-game related). I can't even get a simple design document done. I usually end up quitting halfway through. It's getting very frustrating, I feel like coding, but I am not able to finish coding or even sometimes begin coding anything. Any advice on how to get rid of this annoying problem?

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It's funny when "The Real Mastermind" has coders block. Unfortunately, coders block is closely related to "lazy," heh. Try doing something interesting other than coding for a while (work related of course, don't let your brain go to sleep). In time you will recover your ability to work through problems.

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Avoid the design documents. That could well be the cause of the problem. If you have a giant design document that must design the entire system - then the project can quickly become overwhelming and you'll procrastinate.

In other words - 1% of something takes 1% of the time, 100% of something takes 100% of the time plus a huge ammount of procrastination.


First off - as c0dedrag0n said - take a few days (or even a week or two) off programming. Go and do something else.

Then, when you come back - don't worry about design or the system as a whole, just get in there and get some coding done. It dosn't have to be perfect or even good. If you get something done - you have moved forward.

The idea is to think of the smallest possible task you can do on your project and go and do it. If it will take more than an hour or three, it is far too long and you need to put it on the backburner to be split up later. In the mean time - find another project of part of a project to work on "right now".


Here are some links:
Dexterity Software Articles
These are really good - particularly the personal productivity ones. I highly recomend this one.

The guy who wrote those has a website here with more great stuff.

This wiki tends to have lots of interesting stuff about development philosophies. I higly recomend this and this to start you off.

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For me programmer's block comes from something which is too hard for me to do at first. I've run into that situation more than often with my sprite editor..

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For the past 2 months I have not been able to program anything (even non-game related). I can't even get a simple design document done. I usually end up quitting halfway through. It's getting very frustrating, I feel like coding, but I am not able to finish coding or even sometimes begin coding anything. Any advice on how to get rid of this annoying problem?


Try Agile/XP methods of programming. If you write tests for what you want first and fill in the gaps creating your classes, not only do you get code you can always check is alright - you also end up breaking the problem down in to smaller, more managable chunks.

Remember a change is also almost as good as a rest - if you are tired of doing something work on something else related.

I think the best method of getting past programmers block is working with someone, though I know that is not always possible.

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Go get a presciption for aderal, sounds like you have attention deficit disorder... and I am only mildly joking as it may be true, but I am not a doctor.

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Go get a presciption for aderal, sounds like you have attention deficit disorder... and I am only mildly joking as it may be true, but I am not a doctor.
I think that even if it exists, let alone if he has it, there are probably better ways to correct it than taking drugs.

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Avoid the design documents.


Seconded. Just sit down and code whatever you want to. Look at it as a prototype. If you ever get it working, you can start making big design documents and actually doing it all "properly". But for just getting started, the best way is to just jump into it, and solve the problems as they occur, rather than trying to plan everything out form the beginning.

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Work related coding or personal coding? If it's personal, sounds more like you have a lack of good ideas or creativity. Often times I'd like to sit down for a weekend and code something up, but have no ideas. What are ya passionate about? Write something in that field. Guitars? Write a guitar chord calculator or something.

As far as taking drugs, well, deficit disorders exist. I dunno if it is an actual disease or condition or just laziness. But some people do have hard times focusing on one thing for extended periods of time. It wouldn't be a waste of time to see a doctor about it, if only to narrow down what is truly the obstruction along your road of coding.

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Go get a presciption for aderal, sounds like you have attention deficit disorder... and I am only mildly joking as it may be true, but I am not a doctor.
I think that even if it exists, let alone if he has it, there are probably better ways to correct it than taking drugs.


Hard to change one's own chemical balance without some sort of balancing chemical.

That said, ADD isn't something that just shows up one day, and even when a programmer has it, it isn't manifested as these sort of symptoms.

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