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Am I destroying my career? Yes you are... UNLESS you gain knowledge outside your current job you will become quite value-less to other companies. You have to keep yourself current. I worked as a SENIOR software developer for 11 years and when I changed positions I was clueless as to all other technologies and methodologies. I had no idea what Scrum was ...


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I've been a .NET developer for going on 12 years and I'm still as passionate today as I was on day one. If you're stuck witting console apps and don't have much variety in your development work this can be difficult. I think I would probably feel the same as you in this position. The thing that has kept .NET interesting for me is learning all the new ...


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You have an advantage in your current position in that you have time to actually research and apply new technologies to what you are doing thanks to the pace in your environment, and you will get paid to do it. I would take as much advantage of that as possible to sharpen your skills.


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Short answer: You have to readjust. You can't do it all at once so there has to be some time sequencing to it. This time sequencing is determined by your own priorities. Daily to do lists are vulnerable to being blown apart by surprises. Most tasks are better suited to contextual task lists, for example, things to do @home, @work, @school etc. With an ...


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Well,these cannot substitute of a sturdy sleep. At least would keep you conscious as well. -Making strech or exercises that keep your blood alive. Also pay attention to in-working posture. -Massaging your head and ears for same blood thing. -Eating balanced, not much or less. -Drinking plenty of water. -Washing your face regularly. -Taking breath ...


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Before you take a break, write down the next action to be done after you get back to work. This is important for two reasons - 1) you won't waste time trying to recall what you were working on 2) getting back to work will be much easier. Large portion of why we procrastinate is because the task is vague and we're afraid of it. Actionable tasks help with ...


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Your problem is "good colleagues", they're the ones that keep you at the level you are right now… if you want to do something get out of their lengthy lunches, long walks, useless chats. This will make you uncomfortable with your current state, but that’s the idea! As long as you stay with them, you'll be like them, don’t make friends in office just keep ...


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It sounds like the main cause of your problem is severe stress. When you are stressed the whole day it becomes difficult to wind down and relax at the end of the day. This is even more so if the stress continues the whole week (or month, or longer). Some stress every once in a while is ok, it will make you alert and perform better, but too much stress for a ...


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You can improve your skills AND keep your job. You have spare time to learn - use it! Read up agile methodologies. Write unit tests. Introduce bug database. Etc. Read up Joel Spolsky advice: 12 Steps to Better Code and Getting Things Done When You're Only a Grunt and more.


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Yes, you are destroying your career and you will struggle when the time comes to find a new software engineering position. In my experience, positions at the more interesting companies (above average salary and working conditions) are interesting in seeing your GitHub account to gauge your skills as a coder as well and demonstrating your enthusiasm in ...


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Use your free time to get certifications in things you're interested in. The goal of certification will drive you and will make sure you're actually thorough. Or change jobs - I quit a very cushy and mostly enjoyable job because I had just been doing the same thing too long. 9 years in my case.


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In order to do work, you need to be concentrated. In airplanes the main problem would often be the noise. That is why most people have suggested you get good headphones. A bit of generalizing and you get: You must find a way to isolate yourself from the surroundings. A few tips: If you have a window seat you will never need to stand up until your flight ...


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A general answer appropriate to all kinds of jobs is to find activities that improve your working environment, or add quality to your project, or improve your skills. Your project lead or manager should be able to give you guidance as to what would be most useful. If you're on your own to find useful things and need some ideas, here are some in no ...


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Do you just put tasks on a to-do list or do you actually take time to make an estimate how much time is available and how much each task is going to take? What works: Do those estimates Only assign so many tasks to a list (in a period) as fit in 80% of the available time. This is done in a lot of places, e.g. hospitals will only book their operating ...


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Remember the Hofstadter's law (and also the planning fallacy). I certainly can't do what I plan to do. I learned to constantly fail to achieve all of what I planned to do, and not feel guilty. Do what is important and constantly give up things that turned out to be not that important.


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Choose carefully the kind of work you do on an airplane. I find that tasks involving brainstorming or thoughtful writing or planning are good fits for working while traveling. A GTD style review can be a good fit, if your system is portable. I have found that tasks requiring reference material don't work well, as switching to look at references is hard. ...


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When you wake up, do not do anything that is exciting or disturbs sleep: no eating, no Internet browsing. Reading might be OK if it is relaxing, so no super-exciting books or (study) books that require heavy attention. Set an alarm and get out of bed. No compromises. Go to a doctor to determine if you really have Shift Work Sleep Disorder. Self-diagnosing ...


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There are two ways how I make myself get back to work after a small break I know exactly what I am going to do during the break and after I have accomplished wanted I get back straight to work without excuses. If I do not know exactly what I am doing during the break I set a timer on my phone. And go back to work after it has set off. I found it useful ...


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What do you do during your breaks? If you surf around or check facebook/reddit, you'll be tempted to continue longer than you ought to. If you take a walk outside, you'll probably not do it for to long, and if you do, it's a more helpful break. Good breaks: Walks outside, walks inside, coffee break with collegues, eating a snack.


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Here is how I follow end of the day routine: Check my e-mail for any last minute replies Review calendar to see what's coming up next day Review all my "Next Action" list and mark items which are done Re-negotiate commitments which are unfulfilled Identify 3-5 Most Important Tasks to be done next day Take a deep breath and give up all concerns Leave for ...


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It might help you to take the DISC personality test and see how you and your collegue differ. Once you understand this person's basic personality, it might help for you to change the way you interact with this person. For instance, it might be worth it for you to take some time, no matter how uncomfortable, and talk with this person. Communicate expectations ...


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I too program for long hours, which is not the same as playing games. However, the issue I find is that after a while my mind starts drifting. So I work approximately 3 hours and then take a break or do a different task. I go for a short walk or exercise. Then I change my focus, emails, accounts, shopping online or go to the gym. After that I do another some ...


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If you want to stay at the top of your career you will need to work hard, take courses and learn the latest and greatest technologies. If you are fairly gifted and are willing to sacrifice a lot of time and effort and if you are lucky you will be promoted to management. On the other hand if you like a decent wage and would like to balance that with a ...


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About your skills You probably are not mediocre. Check this slides from a presentation about the impostor syndrome. Not knowing about a specific technology or methodology is not deadly by itself. You could alway learn about the new shiny buzzword when you start feeling less comfortable with your current job. Also, if you pick something that interest you ...


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I find working on a plane to be some of the most productive work I do because there are no distractions. What I do: Make sure I have a window seat. (More space because can lean on side, can tilt screen) Make sure I have everything I need and it is on the same medium. This means either have everything I need on paper OR have everything I need on the ...


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Our bodies are programmed to fight or flight response under stress. Stress makes certain physiological changes in your body, to provide your body with the energy your body is supposed to be using shortly. Your work gives you plenty of stress (and chemicals in your blood) but your lifestyle does not give you enough "fight or flight" workout to use them up. ...


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This is a brilliant question and one that nearly everyone puts up to one at one stage of life or the other. It may appear that that your work needs to have a higher purpose than what it currently serves. You mention that it's generating acceptable income for you to sustain but you lose the energy (read motivation) occasionally. The cue that you mention is ...


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I apply the following advice to myself and it's working: Always have time for the 'nothing box' e.g. time where you do absolutely nothing. Technically speaking you unwind and rgroup Learn to set better targets by analyzing data. It's normal to over or under estimate one's ability to meet targets. Timely progress reviews gives one insight whether we are ...


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I read this from a book (Cal Newport - Straight A student) Write your commitments in a book and if you do not do them when you are supposed to, you need to give a reason why you haven't done it. If it is a good reason, you can rationalize it, but if not you will have to face yourself with writing down a lame reason. Might help kick you into action. ...


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How often and how long are your flights? For occasional flights I do, having earplugs and good book is enough. Is reading a good book not "work"? I mean not a spy novel but a book which will teach you new skills.



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