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I am a remarkably productive software developer when I'm procrastinating on a non-coding task

Ben Halpern
A Canadian software developer who thinks he’s funny. He/Him.
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Particularly writing tasks πŸ˜„

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Few weeks ago i had to do a some house cleaning. Guess who learned how to code in rust.

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Adrian Matei • Edited

That's true. It's hard though when the non-coding task involves kids. Solution: do pair-programming :)

kid pair programming

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Zane Milakovic

Not me... I just found magic the gathering arena...

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Michael Kohl

It's great, isn't it?

Especially now that I actually also own a Windows again and don't have to ru it through Wine, which wasn't a particularly great experience πŸ˜‚

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Zane Milakovic

I run it on my Mac.

I use to give me a full gaming pc in the cloud. But I am lucky the data center is only 2 hours away and I have a fiber connection. But it’s amazing...

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Dublin Anondson

If I need to code I just write docs instead, productivity every time.

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Molly Struve (she/her)

So that's where all those PRs came from today πŸ˜‰

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Ben Halpern Author

Spot on πŸ˜„

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ah the number of software that I write about, design and even plan when I read, walk or play... I have many notebooks full of details on game, mobile app and webapp. But well... they become quickly a bit scary

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It's true! Speaking of writing, I was just writing about this (it's a freebie on my site Books on Code, called '4 Tips to Instant Learning', ahem).

Putting things on the backburner to think about in the back of your mind is backed by science.

I like to think of it as feeding your subconscious information to chew on while you do other things. 😊

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Marko Shiva Pavlovic

Me to I particularly write them in detail when procrastinating while doing fav pass time in procrastination called organising. But I don't follow them always while coding. Guess where is the error in productivity?
Detailing the task and steps or not following them when coding. :D

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You and me both -^

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I can't draw for πŸ’©, but I spent way too long writing an SVG logo in code and could've spent that time working on the project's actual code. But hey, I now have a project with an awesome logo :D

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Swarup Kumar Mahapatra

When I have to write code, i negotiate with Business Analyst/Product Owner to keep the feature simple so that I can write less code...

Less code, less bugs

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Robin Kretzschmar

Can relate 😁 or self set deadlines for ridiculously unnecessary coding projects to convince myself that I need to keep working on it instead of the task I should be doing instead

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Yes! Coding something is Actually Productive And Not Procastinating

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Valentin Prugnaud 🦊 (he / him)

Generates inspiration, inspiration makes us productive, it makes sense πŸ™‚

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