profile

The Anxious Developer Newsletter

Prioritizing Rest for Optimal Productivity

Published 8 months ago • 2 min read

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs


Hey Reader,

So today, while preparing to write this newsletter, I found myself quite exhausted mentally from my day's work and didn’t feel motivated and inspired enough to sit at my laptop and start writing.

So I took my headphones, my phone, turned on an audiobook and went for a walk to the beach to clear my head.

My experience

For the last 7 years of my career as a Software Engineer, I discovered that a lot of times I will get into a tunnel vision and be stuck on a certain task, be it fixing a bug or implementing a new feature. And, instead of taking a break or just continuing the next day, I would just push forward naively thinking that I would finish the task sooner.

The realization came through an unpleasant experience called burnout a few years ago, which we as Software Developers are more familiar with than we should. However, it taught me a good lesson on what are my limits and why it’s better to respect them!

For example yesterday, I was trying to fix a bug on a web app I am currently working on. I struggled for probably one hour not getting much progress. After a few more attempts, I decided to call it a day and go to sleep. It was the best decision I have made that day as the next day I fixed the issue in 30 minutes and even came up with a better way to do so!

What should we do?

Well, as I already mentioned, the best remedy to get out of that zone is to just take a break. Your project/code won't run anywhere; It will still be there after 10 minutes or the next day. It's better to save those 2 unproductive hours and do something else that will actually help you, instead of just coding for the sake of coding!

We all know that we should spend more time with our loved ones or practicing a sport that will be good for us or doing a hobby we really enjoy, but we get trapped instead into this unproductive mindset of just pushing through.

This is your reminder to take a break and go breathe some fresh air outside!


Have you experienced something similar? Let me know by replying to this email. I read all your replies! 😊

See you next Thursday, love you! ❤️

— Andrei

Let's connect! 💬 You can find me on Instagram and Twitter.


🙏 Overcome Anxiety as a Software Developer!

Over the course of 4 weeks, I will guide you through weekly videos and daily tasks aimed at identifying the root cause of your anxiety and providing you with effective tools and techniques on how to overcome it. Let’s make writing code fun again!

Unsubscribe · Preferences

113 Cherry St #92768, Seattle, WA 98104-2205

The Anxious Developer Newsletter

Andrei Zgîrvaci

A weekly newsletter tailored for Software Developers seeking to reduce their stress and overcome anxiety in the workplace!

Read more from The Anxious Developer Newsletter

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, I was on my way to Kuala Lumpur last week when suddenly the plane started to shake. It entered a turbulent zone. Nothing unusual for the pilots and the crew; but not so much for me. I felt an instant rush of blood through my heart; my palms started sweating and I became more anxious with each second passing by. Why was I afraid? What was I afraid of? Of plane crashing? Of me dying? Why was I afraid of dying? Why...

7 months ago • 3 min read

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, This week I was quite busy coding an app for a client so I haven't had much time to dig deep into the topic for today's issue. I started going to the gym regularly with my wife again and surprisingly it takes a little bit of time of adapting to this routine! 😅 Practicing High Kicks I get quite tired after a full-body workout and need a lot of rest afterward. However, the upside is that I feel a lot better...

8 months ago • 2 min read

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, Today, I wanted to delve into the intriguing concept of productivity from two perspectives: slow productivity and fast productivity. As Software Developers, finding the right balance between these two approaches can significantly impact our stress levels, well-being, and overall effectiveness in the workplace. Fast productivity Fast productivity is essentially the productivity we all are familiar with. It's that...

8 months ago • 2 min read
Share this post