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Does Time "Fly" When You Program?

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When you're programming, does time just seem to slip away? I've been programming for 2 hours and it feels like five minutes! All in all, I've spent at least 15 hours programming this week, but it feels like far less time. So for you, does time seem to just "Fly" when you program, or does it inch away slowly? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

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indeed, i started on what i'd thought would be a smaller section of my game a couple days ago at 10pm, and before i knew it, it was 9am when i was done.
but that occurs all the time, it's not uncommon to hear stuff like: "shit, it's already been another hour"

I think as a programmer(and really this applies to any profession), if your finding time is inching away(which means that your probably staring at the clock all the time), then it's likely programming isn't for you, since your probably not enjoying it. Edited by slicer4ever

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Yes, far too quickly too and I always question "wtf have I done today?", time flies by so quick I actually use 'Timeleft' to remind me when I have to go eat, work out and more importantly sleep, crazy I know but its so easy for me to ermm "turn into a zombie" (as my friends would say).

I guess its because I am having fun

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Yes, time does fly, and it kind of horrifies me. This summer I went on a week-long coding marathon, and I was disgusted by how inefficient I was. Noticing that 2 hours felt like 5 minutes made me want to make a conscious effort to get more done. But then that mental stress forced me to have to take 5 minute breaks every couple hours haha. So who knows if those breaks ate away a lot of the time I "saved".

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I think it's related to the phenomenon described in this article:

[url="http://blog.8thlight.com/uncle-bob/2012/04/20/Why-Is-Estimating-So-Hard.html"]http://blog.8thlight...ng-So-Hard.html[/url]

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Once in a great while, I'll make the mistake of coming home during a break or lunch and checking out some code... AAAAND break's over. :(

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I had a theory that the feeling of time flying has something to do with relativity and all the extra electrical activity in the brain. But I disregarded it when it occured to me that it feels like time goes so much slower when you're a kid and they have tons of extra energy.

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Actually it isn't effective. Yeah it's fun and entertaining but it's your time which you can spend on you friends (ie).

Edward de Bono (wrote many books about creative thinking) wrote in one of his books - limit the time for doing some task. It will grow your skill in creative thinking and effective work level too.

Don't you think so? Edited by AlexB.hpp

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