Tricks to get you coding πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» again when you aren't motivated to.

CED on May 29, 2019

Everyone has a passion for something, for some people its music, others could be playing video games and to some, it could be they love solving pro... [Read Full]
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I agree with the anime trick 🀣
I especially love hero-type anime. One of my favorites is My Hero Academia. I love the determination and self-motivation Deku (and all of his classmates) use to fight the villains. It might be cheesy but it's inspiring as hell!

Deku in full costume

 
 
 

Good list - mine is to try a new framework. Walk through the "beginning steps" section of the documentation. It ignites something in you that reminded you why you enjoyed coding. The learning aspect of it and seeing the possibilities that this new framework or language can take on is really a great way to become motivated again.

 

I agree!! watching Anime can be really helpful haha

 

Completely agree!

I was feeling very demotivated recently but watching something silly like Shokugeki No Souma (or Food Wars) made me think:

  1. Whoa these people are really dedicated to their dreams
  2. Man I really could do better at what I do, look at these young kids being geniouses

I know the story is completely fabricated but I'll be damned if they aren't inspiring me to try and be the best I can be

 

I also agree with the anime trick!!!

In fact, one of the anime that I've watched recently inspired me to start my web development journey! It's called "Welcome to the Ballroom".

Glad to see that there are other anime fans here 😁

 

One simple trick that works for me, is watching a live streaming video about coding. Simply by watching other people working on code, makes me motivated to start coding as well. I play a youtube video in my side monitor, so I can code and watch the video at the same time. After some 10 or 20 minutes I close the video, I don't need it to keep coding once I'm motivated.

 

Haha, almost all comments about the Amine trick :)

I've noticed that for me the best way to have the motivation to start coding on Monday morning is the fully pc/screen free weekends. Although I enjoy playing games and watching Netflix on weekends a lot, if I go out and don't turn on my pc even on Sanday only, I feel much more refreshed.

 

My trick was to figure out the environment in which I love to work and then emulate it.

I love coding in coffee shops where there are a bunch of little things that can push or pull you away from yourself; like the background noise of the people around you, the typical bustle of the caffeine business, and the aroma of coffee. There is a certain flow that I seem to get into that, while not completely disruptive to my focus, allows me to feel the motions of my thoughts while otherwise allowing myself to get distracted every now and then to give my mind some space to "compile." It is random and it is addictive.

Unfortunately, recent changes in my career have prevented me from going to coffee shops to work. I now work at an office with closed cubicles wherein the design aesthetic is bent towards the functional rather than the arresting. So I made do with what I could. I bought a coffee machine that I use every now and then in the mornings to "set the scene." I have a tumbler named Kevin with a sunflower sticker on it, assuring me that I am in fact a sunflower. And best of all, I've discovered lo-fi hip-hop to drown out the harsh echoes of someone's speaker blaring out anime music with the softer tunes of rain, chatter, and some jazzy piano (I have nothing against anime music but I really just can't listen to it being boomed allover the place eight hours a day).

So yeah, my suggestion is figure out what sets you on the mood. It doesn't have to be the sugar-fueled, caffeine-injected adrenaline rush you feel after drinking 8 cups of coffee. It can be as little as whispers of strangers in the next cubicle or a tumbler named Kevin with a sunflower sticker or, you know, 8 hours of blaring anime music. It might be different for each and every one of us, but the point is that some introspection and understanding of "what makes you go" could go a long way in your productivity.

tl;dr I turned my office into a pseudo-coffee shop and this encourages me to work productively.

Happy coding guys!

 

Great thoughts! Thanks for this.

@theghostyced , which anime do you prefer? I see a handful of recommendations from other folks in the comments which I'll check out also, but I'd love to see a "get pumped for work, inspiring anime" thread get going, starting with what's on your list.

I know nothing about anime other than it's extremely vast, so I don't know where to start (for these purposes). I'm always interested in new sources of inspiration. Thanks again!

 

If u looking for a get pumped for work type anime then either "Black Clover or Boku no Hero Academia" would do the trick @thomas

 
 

What you said about anime is the exact, TRUTH. I recently started rewatching Haijime No Ippo to get some inspiration!

I've been feeling really lost after attending a bootcamp and trying to get everything in order. I think it's the perfect mix of inspiration and imagination.

 

I totally agree with the first three tricks especially the movie part. Cause last few weeks when I did not pass a job interview I felt it was not worth coding anymore and I should just quit it. But then when I started rewatching sillicon valley I immΓ©diately reopened my Android studio and I was coding again. Thanks buddy

 

Great suggestions!

Hackers the Movie is one of my go-to motivational movies as it makes all this computer stuff look so much fun!

Also highly recommend TV series Halt and Catch Fire - drama about the beginnins of the PC in silicon valley. Series 2 is best - it follows an early indie games dev studio working on 8-bit computer games in the 80s. It's all about the energy, pride and excitement of building games.

 

One trick I use is to take some breaks every 30-40 min. Could be like take a walk, go to buy some candies or just go for water. It helps you to clarify your mint for a moment and refocus when you get back to the code

 
 

I agree with Anime tricks!

the anime I like the most is black clover

"even though you were born poor, you can still achieve your dreams #asta"

 
 

I definitely do the watch a movie && watch anime trick. Although I watch more series than movies. I find it's a great way to take my mind off things and relax.

 

I have to agree on anime part, I had started seeing anime for the very same reason that they kept me going in life🀩

 

At one point Love, Death and Robots did the trick for me.

 

Haha :D Love the anime trick the most! It motivates me to do stuff as well! :)

 

I love music, watch anime, and sometimes movies. It's all good as long as you get to motivate yourself again to code!

 

Sneakers, or Anti-Trust. Aardvark'd is another, an indie film about a small software firm. I could list more, like last Mimzy, but those are some of my starters and personal favs.

 

Watching Anime

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