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This is probably more than you're looking for, but I'm thinking carefully about my career (and why I tend to burn out so often). I wrote this list just this morning, so I guess it's relevant...

  • Having to focus on many things at once.
  • Production support issues.
  • Team members I'm responsible for that under-perform.
  • Deadlines.
  • Business drama/chaos.
  • Problematic architectures (especially if I came up with them)
  • A lot of people depending on me!
 

Having to focus on many things at once.

I'm also struggling with that one, most of the times I'm responsible for 3-4 projects at the same time, although not of them active at all times, but it's still unsettling.

 

I think the many-things-at-once problem is something I've never dealt with very well.
Weirdly, perhaps, it's easier now I'm working remotely because I do some of the work at the weekend and take, shall we say, "extended" breaks during the week when people are pushing for results. The company's ok with this, and it means I work more at my own pace.

 

Having to focus on many things at once is less of an issue with focus, and more of an issue with the brain's ability to jump back and forth between tasks. A normal brain can technically only focus on one thing at a time. People who are perceived as being able to focus on multiple things simultaneously are really just efficient at switching their focus between multiple tasks very quickly.

Perhaps thinking of it like this might help someone find ways to improve this ability within themselves?

 
 

Negotiating prices as a freelancer.

<rant>
Being a student also doesn't help, since plenty of potential clients get (almost) offended if you come up with anything more than 5€/h (minimum wage for students in Slovenia).

Common advice I get is to try to target higher paying clients, but I'm just not seeing that happening, since most companies, that can afford to dish out better money, go with agencies or foreign freelancers, leaving only people who expect a custom web application for a price of a Wix subscription.
</rant>

 

It's also a problem in Poland. There are many small local company owners (very often oldmen) who think making web apps is easy and fast. And they won't pay much because they don't find my work hard.

"You only sit and type on a keyboard and you want 20 € per hour?!" :D horrible.

 
 
 

Fear of missing out. Like when everyone is doing and you are the only one who isn't or when you feel like you are the odd one out.

I know that I have it too. Do you mean missing out on using some new language/framework or something more in general?

well Yeah mostly it is related to new framework/languages or tools and tech.

there'll always be something new, Im trying to learn how things work, like the flux pattern or the web mvc or how to make a preprocessor or a compiler.. I dont know where Im going with this comment :) but if you know the general stuff it would be easy to learn any framework/language if you need it for some specific task

 

@Yash_Jaiswal @***

I saw that YouTube video the other day by Joshua Fluke during which he said (I might be paraphrasing) "Tools are just tools, we only care about the end goal/product".

So a long as you're doing quality work, there are zero reasons to care about your tools. Just be sure they are market relevant.

 
 

When I get a call from the alerting system about an incident, and before I can listen to the message I get another call and another call. Some of these alerting systems are horribly designed. The one I have experience with calls you for each instance of the alert and has no smart way of detecting that I am already listening to one of their calls so they call you again and again before I can acknowledge their message.

 

I don't know what kind of infrastructure/framework you are working on. But for my Node.js projects I use sentry.io , it is amazing, gives you detail where something crashed, which user and commit related info. It has a variety of supported languages/frameworks. Most importantly you can setup the amount of alerts you receive for each instance of an error.

 

stackdriver logging -> xmatters alerts
I used sentry before, but don't you need some integration for alerting via Text or Call?

I don't know for call, but I receive my alerts via Slack and email.

 

Selling to customers while figuring out to push the right hot button that they will buy from you or dealing with partners that is looking to push work that is not yours into your hand instead of them doing it themselves.

 

This is very interesting , I think I can sell anything to anyone (I have been selling my mediocare self to people for a very long time) . I get anxious whenever anyone is displeased with something I am doing .

 

Haha it might be your a born salesman.

 

Right now to satisfy the steak holder’s by adding the right amount of new features / keep up with migrations to a new framework and to make the app more stable for the future.

Turns out the task is more difficult than I expected...

 

Tech-wise, it's noise. Ad noise, animation noise (which also makes me motion-sick, so urk), load noise (softwares with 20GBs of features for 2 button clicks), content noise (180 unrelated images in a 2 paragraph article), notification noise (because notifications are the trend now, apparently).

Life-wise, people, with an incredibly highly developed social anxiety and noise anxiety issue

 
  1. Not well estimated deadlines (which are 97% of the total of deadlines).
  2. Functionalities which are possibly useless for the end user.
  3. Working on a product which doesn't provide anything new / better than the concurrence, just trying to catch on what already exists.
  4. Seeing bad decisions taken, being pretty explicit about them with good arguments, not being listened to 'cause I'm only a worker "producing" software, dealing with the bad consequences.
  5. Micro-management and mistrust.
  6. A company which sells a company culture totally different of the reality.
  7. Being "Agile" meaning using a bunch of tools.
  8. A startup doing everything like Google 'cause you know, it's Google.
  9. Using micro-services as a magical spell, ending with distributed chaos.
  10. Working in a waterfall environment which does Scrum.
  11. Working in an ego driven environment where other services (or users) are stupid because developers are the best.
  12. Not understanding that soft skills are more important than pure technical knowledge when you're working in a team.
  13. Trying to fit somebody in a team to see if the candidate think like everybody else, and therefore killing diversity and collective intelligence.
  14. Interviews with: random questions (a developer should know everything? Really?) which have nothing to do with the daily work, looking at the knowledge of somebody at time T even if this knowledge is obsolete in two months and, at the same time, not verifying if the person is able to adapt.
  15. Having interviews where nobody bothered looking at the candidate's Github code, blog, or portfolio.

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Many more.

 

I get anxiety whenever my whole test suite passes. Does anyone else have this issue? I really can't put my finger on why this happens.

My only guess is that it abruptly takes me out of finishing a very small, manageable task (passing a single unit test) to suddenly reckoning with breaking down the next larger task, but I'm not sure that's right.

 

Unexpected pings from team members who I know always come to me with problems without doing their due-diligence. I know this sounds funny but this was becoming an issue. It got to the point where switching context from their discussion back to my work was causing me anxiety. Thankfully i have manager who understands all this and he made it a point that unless somebody needs very urgent help from another team member, they're only supposed to ping us during a certain time slot of the dev's choosing.

 

I feel really anxious when I code or even study programming before sleep.
My mind stays unstable over night nd it feels so tired when i wakeup in morning. Some what depressed sometimes.
But thats the time I get to learn and code new things, after my office hours.
Sometimes it goes for few days without proper sleep.

 

For me its the idea that maybe I'm only a hobbyist.
I read posts about people applying for hundreds of jobs and when i search for jobs there are only a handful that look interesting. I'd much rather build something than spend more than 30 minutes looking over the same jobs that are posted over and over.
I have no doubt that I'll succeed but that's what makes anxiety so draining. It's your mind working against you.

 

As a developer, below mentioned reasons give me anxiety.

  • not having family time
  • getting the same kinda work and no self-development
  • no motivation and recognition
  • not allowed to take enough breaks
  • no transparency of what is happening on the project or team I am working with
 

Future. Shortness of life. Death.

(Yaay ! Party !)

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Lots of things, but development wise it would be anything to do with servers or hosting. If i would never have to deal with those again i would be a much happier dev! 😊

 

Marketing. After running the marathon of creating a good product, you start a second marathon of marketing / sales without a breather.

 

The idea of losing precious time on work that I'm NOT 100% passionate about.

 

Overhearing the sales guy saying "Yeah - that will be available by the end of the week" to a prospect, when you know you're still at least a month out.

 
 
 

Asking for help, especially if that involves a phone call.

 

Business Analyst/Client coming up with change in requirements while QA team is about to signoff for release

 

Being Right About Something And Not Getting Appericated

 

Glad you come up with this discussion

 

when a dumbass salesman who doesn't know adobe makes dreamweaver and calls it "Microsoft Dreamweaver" runs a smear campaign live on Zoom

 

Walking on a meeting where I know I’m gonna get chewed on. πŸ’€

But most of the time I’m only overthinking the whole end of the world scenario in my head.

 

The whole job search process and wondering how many interview stages and how long you will have to wait for some job offers.

 

Any Way You Look At It, All The Information That A Person Accumulates In A Lifetime Is Just A Drop In The Bucket.