Coding productivity

2020-12-04

Tags: programming

One thing that I find that helps is to open up a text file and start typing what your thoughts are and be unfiltered (I sometimes look away from my screen so I don't proofread). Try and get everything out, and let yourself brainstorm.

Keeping it all in a conversation in your head creates too many threads to keep track of and you end up looping around worrying about this or that. Then after that, I take the blob of text and try to organize it into categories such as "issues to resolve", "action items", … etc

Writing also slows down your thoughts a bit and keeps you from bouncing too much.

I also have a thing on my desk that I do rubber duck debugging with: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_duck_debugging

I also turn this app on when I am trying to force myself to be productive: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/loud-typer/id1493508558?mt=12

and this for music: https://coderadio.freecodecamp.org/

The sound of the typing makes me feel more productive, which reinforces it, and the music gives me a rhythm.