Everyone can feel tired, bored or exhausted from doing work. Why? Too busy. Your tasks are repetitive and unchallenging. Or you deal with people who drain you. You need to focus on things that you can control to help deal with developer burnout.
Here’s a list of things to try:
- Take a day off and do nothing. Relax, sleep or go somewhere different.
- Change your sleep routine. It may need a bit of tweaking. You may need to change your nightly routine.
- Break a habit or pattern. Take a different route to work. Eat at a new place for lunch.
- Drink water. Stay hydrated during the day.
- Spend time in nature. Go for a walk in a garden or a park.
- Take regular breaks during the day. Get up walk around or stretch.
- Do something creative. Write. Photograph. Or make something not related to work.
- Move your body. Talk a walk. Do yoga or pilates. Anything that gets you to move.
- Listen to a new podcast. If you listen to programming podcast, choose one on a different topic. Try out something you don’t normally listen to.
- Learn something new. Read a book or watch a video. Try a new programming language or tool.
- Say No to additional tasks at work. See if you can arrange to do them at a later date.
- Change your coding environment. Use a different text editor. Or go outside and code.
You want to try these things to avoid developer burnout and before deciding to quit your job. Small changes can help. If they don’t, then you can find a new job later.