A Coder’s Perspective On Quarantine

If there are a list jobs that don’t require you to be physically present in the office, then a software engineer’s job can surely top that list. In most cases!

Although still a very debatable topic, I’ve always felt that the dependency on a “working environment” for a coder is minimalistic, and if one really tries, they can create just the perfect environment anywhere they want.

From your bedroom, to your favourite coffee house (even on noisy days!), a fruitful environment for coding can be found anywhere, depending on how much you’re immersed in your current project and what state of flow you are in. I’ve always imagined myself working from a new city each week, new coffee house everyday at least for one phase in my life. And having the profession that I chose for myself, it is not merely a whim, a today’s thought, or wish of the day.

If focused on, we can create these conditions in our life by choosing and applying for the right jobs. and obviously being competent enough to at least keep your word πŸ™‚

Coming back to the topic of discussion – what goes on through a coder’s mind during quarantine?

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After careful thought, I have found out 3 different phases a coder goes through —

  1. The phase of creativity
    This is when we are most likely to start learning more stuff in the name of quarantine, with our thoughts saying, “we could really use this time and learn stuff that would put us in a better situation at the professional level!”
  2. The phase of getting stuff done
    Well, this is the phase we’re always in, and this one sticks with us till we have a keybaord under our fingers — get stuff done. Get those checkboxes checked πŸ˜‰
  3. The phase of “THE DISCONNECT”
    I’ve found out that this is the exact phase when we want to disconnect because we’re having too much “ON SCREEN TIME” and too less social time. Most coders aren’t the most social in general, although I’ve continually found out exceptions (including me myself!). We end up taking a few hours off the screen only to bury our heads on our pillows, play the guitar, or dance!

I’ve found out that these phases can overlap on somedays, but on most days, they happen to happen one per day.

As a coder, we want to maximise the phase ONE, because no travel-time, no social time can really help us get that flow we’ve always wanted, and we can expand on what we’ve never found time for.

A topic for another blog post perhaps? πŸ˜‰

Written with love,
Rishabh Budhiraja

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