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    You probably shouldn't be so quick to jump on psychological buzzwords to explain your perceived difficulties. Just knuckle down and go to work.

    If you've managed to be weaned, prolly no one is going to unwean you, your retrograde desires to the contrary.
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    I'm a Web junkie. I have a hard time staying away from the browser. I should be coding right now, but I'm here, at /. and reading news.

    As for "ADHD", I think 90% of the people that claim to have "it" do not, and use it as a crutch for laziness. Most people are lazy. I am lazy. I'm on the fence with ADHD, I'm inclined to say it's a made-up "syndrome". Certainly it is most offten miss-applied to teenaged boys, who are that way naturally. Pills for everyone!

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    • sizablegrin agrees : It's hard to claim a decent case of ADHD when you groggily recover from your Ritalin long enough to grunt, "Duh."
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    One thing I would consider doing is listening to music with a comfortable chair, kiwiberries.

    If I say to myself, "oh no, not more boring stuff", I already told myself I don't want to do it.. so I won't. Or hate doing.

    But if I say to myself "now I get to relax and listen to music.. and get my work done", chances raise significantly of getting boring crap done easily.

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    Some folks like music, etc.

    I find that for serious work, debugging hard bugs, etc. that I can't work with any noise at all. So I tend to do serious work between 10PM and 3 AM, after my wife has gone to bed and the house is quiet. No music, no TV, nothing

    The office is for meetings, talking to co-workers, etc. I can't do any serious development there.

    YMMV

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    According to the real programmers over at Slashdot, coding can only take place while listening to alternative techno-grunge downloaded from torrents, while guzzling Dew, vacuuming up Cheeto's, and watching "pr0n" on your second of 4 26 inch flat screens.

    It's a fact...

    Seriously, Fish nailed it for me.

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    I truly don't "get" people who can't do anything without a set of headphones on. One wonders what their sexual partner really thinks.

    Anyone who has learned to not hear their mother when she yells, "It's time to come in, now!" should be reasonably good at tuning things out.

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    I have a short attention span, ie I start a project and get bored of it, come back in a few months and restart for about a week non-stop then stop again. I've been developing a web-app now for over 3 years. Keep stopping and starting.

    I don't label myself as ADHD, I'm just lazy and have a really short attention span

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    I have a short attention span, ie I start a project and get bored of it, come back in a few months and restart for about a week non-stop then stop again. I've been developing a web-app now for over 3 years.
    The same app?
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    Originally Posted by sizablegrin
    I truly don't "get" people who can't do anything without a set of headphones on.
    I agree.

    Seems these days, alot of people are used to noise of some kind or other encroaching on their every waking moments. It's like they can't function when there is no background sound at all. For me I seem to get more distracted/harder to concentrate if there is background music playing.
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    I probably pass for several personality, mental, and lethargy disorder tests, but I still get stuff done. Just remember that most of these disorders were invented to boost drug company profits.

    If you're doing something boring or repetitive, maybe it's a sign to try a new approach. See if there are any available software libraries you can use to make the job easier, use a different design model (maybe one you haven't used before, or less familiar with). I typically find that if you're doing a lot of repetitive work then you're not using your resources to their fullest potential.

    Of course you might just be doing something in which the most practical way is to do a lot of repetition.
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    Originally Posted by misterdanny
    Just remember that most of these disorders were invented to boost drug company profits.
    He speaketh the truth!

    Originally Posted by misterdanny
    If you're doing something boring or repetitive, maybe it's a sign to try a new approach.
    Lazyness is a key criteria for successful programming.

    Things like adding getters and setter to Java classes is too boring for humans to waste time on, that is what tools are for.
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    After some heavy coding work sometimes, it's pain on eyes.. they're straining
    But still have to continue because this is our life...

    Need a way of quick n effective relaxing on the go while coding...
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    Turn down the brightness and/or contrast on your monitor/s.

    Reduces tons of eyestrain.

    That and make sure you have the most expensive ergonomic leathery awesome computer chair ever.

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