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Maintain High Energy Levels at Work for Software Engineers

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Writing simple code which works is a craftsmanship, and like so it requires inspiration, focus and high energy levels. Here are 3 effective ways for keeping energy levels high.

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Maintain High Energy Levels at Work for Software Engineers

  1. 1. Maintain High Energy Levels at Work for Software Engineers @MssCohen
  2. 2. Software engineering is a DEMANDing job
  3. 3. However, writing a simple code which works is an ART
  4. 4. And like so, REQUIRES INSPIRATION, FOCUS AND HIGH ENERGY LEVELS
  5. 5. How to maintain high energy levels in such an environment?
  6. 6. I came back to work 5 months after having my first child. I was EXHAUSTED.
  7. 7. I even decided to stop driving to avoid accidents
  8. 8. Returning to work seemed impossible
  9. 9. I decided to analyze my daily routine and examine where can I avoid energy waste
  10. 10. My most productive time of the day is the morning. To be effective, I should make sure my energy is wasted properly at this time.
  11. 11. My Mornings
  12. 12. Most of my energy is wasted even before I arrive to the office!
  13. 13. I considered replacing the two bus ride with a taxi. But taxis are expensive.
  14. 14. But I’m not paying for a taxi. I’m paying for a more productive work day.
  15. 15. I made an informed decision to pay for a service, out of the understanding that the value it gave me is much higher than its nominal value
  16. 16. Examination of the overall value rather than the individual price of a drive allowed me to live a more productive life. I started taking taxis everywhere - lectures, courses and events that I wouldn't go to otherwise.
  17. 17. Unintentionally, this behavior creates stress, burnout and it’s a killer antidote for creativity Are you a workaholic?
  18. 18. BREAKS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN
  19. 19. A break does not mean — stop working, A real break means — give the brain to rest
  20. 20. Next time you feel tired, not in focus, or stuck — try taking a real break
  21. 21. Software development is full of tasks that require different skill sets
  22. 22. While working on a task which requires a certain skill set, shifting to a task which requires a different skill set is like taking a break for a specific part of the brain
  23. 23. After a while go back to the original task and you’ll notice increased energy levels.
  24. 24. In Conclusion ● Find solutions for energy waste by focusing on the big picture and not on an individual action ● Take a real break and calm your brain ● Shift between different tasks to allow a specific part of the brain to rest
  25. 25. Thanks for watching! Like the lecture? Want more? Subscribe to MssCohen’s newsletter www.msscohen.com

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