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Teabreak Challenge #22

jonmajorc profile image Jon Major Condon ・2 min read

The ability to focus is paramount to developer success. Determine your biggest enemy of focus today, and be aware of it as you take on your work. ~ Tea Break Challenge #22

The Enemy

Although "focus is paramount to developer success", it can be a wrecking ball to your productivity. Just because you're focused, does not mean you're being productive! Today, my "biggest enemy of focus" was having too much focus. I had a problem to solve and I was spinning my wheels, but I was too focused; I was unwilling to take a break... If you're like me, you do this far too often. You need to learn when to take a break.

The Solution

  1. Take more breaks so I am accustomed to not being at the keyboard all day.
  2. After spinning my wheels, start a timer and continue work until it ends. (Then take a break.)
  3. Ask for another set of eyes.
  4. Maintain productivity by taking breaks and working on meta tasks to keep me distracted from the original problem I was attempting to solve. (i.g. Slack, email, bathroom break, lunch, snack, etc.)

Maybe, just maybe... I need more coffee. Then I should be able to brute force my way to the solution! 🤔

What was the enemy blocking you from being focused today? Also, please help me out by suggesting any possible solutions for fighting my enemy!


Hello! I'm Jon Major Condon. I spend my days as a Software Farmer, tending to client codebases through Bendyworks. As a farmer of software, I focus on Javascript, CSS, and mainly React. That's not all though; I love spending my time with my wife and kids and focusing on my growth as a developer and helping others grow too! This year I am working to grow my writing skills, so I hope to publish some of my "Tea Break Challenge" responses and other posts involving anything life and dev related. I hope you enjoy!

What's the Tea break Challenge? Every day there is a new challenge to help developers connect with their inner-self. The Tea Break Challenge is also done by a phenomenal dev podcast called DeveloperTea

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