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If you're experiencing burnout (i.e. this is affecting your health, your general mental state, your social life or other parts of your life), go see a doctor. Burnout is serious and can result in long-term damage unless treated appropriately. The below should not be considered alternatives to getting professional medical treatment. Many of the points below ...


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Not taking time off is not recommended, you'll then have to accept the risk that this will make things worse, making a very long period of absence necessary. Now, if you are going to ignore the recommended advice and take this risk then the best you can do is bet that the half a billion of years of evolution has optimized your body well enough to pull itself ...


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This could be me.... several times throughout my career. What I can recommend from personal experience in a situation like that is: productive distraction conscious time scheduling intense relaxation Productive Distraction Your mind wanders and no amount of willpower will force it on track, because willpower is the exact resource that you've spent all of....


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As a fellow Developer, I have been where you are. These help: Watch your caffeine intake! Too much coffee/tea messes with your head; revs it into high gear, and causes your mind to “refuse to cooperate.” It also disrupts your sleep cycles. It’s a vicious cycle: you are exhausted, so you drink coffee, which interrupts your sleep, and you wake up exhausted, ...


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What worked for me: get a job in an office. I also spent about 5 years working from home, sometimes on multiple projects at once and also found myself unable to force myself to concentrate anymore. I started to wonder whether I will be ever productive and employable again. But then I started a new gig, which required office presence. Getting a new job/...


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I'm going to contribute simply with something that worked well for me in a similar situation. It may be entirely unsuitable for you, and you may be better off consulting with a professional as many answers here have suggested. Just take the time off. Do something that will generate value, but nothing that requires staying in a room staring at a computer. ...


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The answer may not be as complicated as people make out. Simply this: stop working on your personal project. Just put it away and focus instead fully on your paid work. At the same time, develop a habit of working regular hours, and using your non-working hours for self-fulfillment, for example, doing things that don't require a lot of mental effort, like ...


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Speaking as someone who also works from home as a software engineer, and who also loves his hobby projects, I can suggest some low impact things that might help provided you have not got yourself in too deep. Take a short break soon Whatever you can afford, perhaps a long weekend. Do something you would not usually do, for a change. If you are low on money,...


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While you might actually suffer from a burn-out, you might have been wrong with your self-diagnosis. Ideally, you go away from programming, in a relaxing environment, for a minimum of two weeks. You define relaxing: walking in nature, seaside, doing some sports - hiking, cycling... But you state you do not want to take time off. In this case, we need to ...


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Go talk to a doctor or psychologist. Apart form this advice, do not listen to people on the internet saying things you should do Burnout is a serious affliction, not to be taken lightly.Your brain is overworked and things have broken down. This does not need to be permanent but it could be if you do not take care. That is not to say you have the full ...


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