A Coding Writer’s Guide: 7 Healthy Habits For Programmers

Today, I sat at my desk working diligently on my portfolio when about a few hours in I began to feel listlessness wash over me. I squirmed around in my seat a bit, cracked my neck side to side, and continued to hack furiously away at my keyboard. Unfortunately, I found that the creative juices had already dissipated and all that was left was a lethargic person staring blankly at the screen. It was already over. For the rest if the night I knew I would only be doing more harm than good by forcing myself to code. It then occurred to me to do some research on methods to get back into my groove, and I wanted to share my newfound wealth of knowledge with all my coder friends.

Ergonomic Seating is a healthy habit that works wonders!

The 7 Healthy Habits I discovered were: Decompress, Diet, Coffee, Ergonomics, Exercise, Balance, and Sleep.

  1. Decompress. I love programming, I really do. But to do something you love is to know you’ll develop a love/hate relationship with it, which is why I recommend standing up and walking away from the monitor in hourly intervals. Work steadfastly for an hour and then take a 15 minute break to stretch and walk around. You need time to rest your eyes, and even just a few minutes away will make a world of difference.

There is more to life than just programming, especially if you intend on living for a while to complete and future goals. It takes about 66 days to build a habit, so try to work these 7 steps into a daily routine and you’ll be well on your way to living a healthier life!

Founder of Neo Typewriter. He is a published author, podcast host, digital marketer, and full-stack web developer. Read more at: www.andrewjly.com

Founder of Neo Typewriter. He is a published author, podcast host, digital marketer, and full-stack web developer. Read more at: www.andrewjly.com