32.5. Brain Breaks¶
32.5.1. Step Away From Your Code¶
Sometimes you just need to take a break. When you find yourself getting frustrated it's time to do something else for a bit and come back with fresh eyes.
Exercise, go for a walk, do the dishes, put on some music and dance, meditate, set a timer and look up memes (bonus share them with your peers). Does not matter what you do. By giving your brain a break, often times when you come back to the code you'll have new insight to the problem that had frustrated you in the first place.
32.5.2. Pick Me Ups¶
The following are curated lists from fellow LaunchCoders. By no means are they definitive, but rather a jumping off point.
Make your own playlist, or search for a tech/it/coding/homework music compilations on your internet player of choice (i.e., pandora, spotify, youtube). Some LaunchCode favorites to get you started:
Visit TED.Com to view the entire library of TED Talks. Below are some of LaunchCoders favorites.
or if reading is more your thing Blog Post Master Procrastinator
A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley
Excellent article, Screw motivation, what you need is discipline.
* Note that there are a few expletives used in it, so if you are sensitive to swearing, you may not wish to read it.
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