The guilt of not constantly coding
Liam Wright Aug 17
Hi all, first blog post here!
Something I’ve been dealing with at the minute is the guilt of not programming at home. The culture of software development often dictates that if you’re not constantly programming, learning, developing on the latest software, building a business on the back of your programming skills then you’re doing something wrong, programming isn’t for you, and you should leave the field. (Also known as gatekeeping)
The thing is, I’m not sure how much I like programming outside of work. I’ve managed to get myself a role as a software developer, but I constantly studied outside of in order to do that, made personal sacrifices, and let some other skills suffer because of it. Now that I’ve achieved that goal, I don’t feel like constant programming is necessary.
I like to pursue creative endeavours outside of work: music, writing, drawing. All that feels quite relaxing, and productive to me, especially after a busy day. The thought of coming home and coding more gives me a sense of dread. Don’t get me wrong, if there’s something I can automate at home via code, then I absolutely will do that, and probably love it.
If there were no financial gain to be made from coding, would you still do it? Is it wrong to only want to code at work? Let me know your thoughts on the matter!