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Why I Like Working Late At Night

image of working late at night 1There are many reasons why I like working through the night, it just seems to be the time when my brain switches on, and I am more productive. I have found myself a good cycle where I sleep in the early hours of the morning and wake up in the afternoon. It works great for me and I can get lots done during my ‘days’.

Not sure why, but FastCompany says that working late at night is bad for your brain. I’ll stick to my plan; thanks FastCompany.

Daylight Doesn’t Work For Me

One of the main reasons I like working at night is during the day I can’t focus due to the light. First the computer screen goes weird in bright light and second, my brain can’t seem to function when the sun is blaring through the windows. Ok, so I do have blinds but they aren’t the best, and the light still filters through.

image of working late at night 2Noise

Throughout the day and even in the evening there is a lot of noise outside as the world goes by, and I get distracted easily. Car horns and people shouting make my thought patterns stop and I get frustrated because I can’t concentrate on what I am doing. After around 9pm, everything starts to get quieter, and I can begin my work properly, and then the hours seem to fly by, I get loads done and suddenly its 4am.

Other People Are Online

Another great thing about working late at night is most of the people I know are online. Many programmers like myself also work late at night for the same reasons, so when we can always ask each other advice and questions about the coding we are doing. I like knowing so many other programmers online because we can show each other new skills and tricks, and we all get to learn new things. I think we all like working through the night because it is more relaxing and seems like a long time without restrictions. So we can just carry on doing what we love all night, every night.

People are always telling me it’s really bad to go to bed really late and wake up so late, that people are more productive and healthier when they wake up at like 7am every day. I have tried it before though, and it is just not for me, I know that I work best through the night, so that is how I plan my routine. I do sometimes mess up my routine when I carry on working through the night until the sun starts rising; sometimes I don’t want to stop because the code is flowing, and I’m on a roll. Then my sleep gets all messed up, and I wake up late, so I have to try and set alarms, so I wake up at least before sunset. Then I can eat my breakfast, plan what work I have to do, and get going as soon as I am ready. What’s most important is how much I can get done and that just seems to be best when I work through the night.

And I don’t have to talk to people in person. I’ve already blogged about why I hate talking sports to people.

Why I Can’t Talk Sports to Anyone

image of why talking sports is so hard 1I know for most men sports is a big part of their life and most conversations revolve around what is happening in the world of baseball, football, soccer, basketball, golf etc. Sports however just don’t seem to interest me and never have done. There have been certain times where I feel alienated from other guys and our culture in general because sport just means nothing to me. I have other interests that I prefer to take up my time; coding and computers get me excited, angry, energized and passionate just like some men feel with sports. I don’t feel like I should pretend to be interested and waste my time watching sports just to fit in.

Not to mention talking sports, I can’t even get myself to exercise or do anything sports related.

Growing Up in a Sports-Oriented Society

Sports are a very prominent institution in our culture and especially where I grew up. Almost every other male in my high school played in a sports team of some sort and it was all everyone ever talked about. My dad was never really in to any sports other than hiking and fishing, so he never influenced me in that way. At school I hated gym class but I would just try and get through it as best I could until it was over. Spending time with other kids at school was a bit uncomfortable for me because 90% of the conversation was about who was picked for the team and who beat who in the game last night. I didn’t really get bullied but I was definitely a ‘nerd’, I would prefer to study and use the school computers than run around the football field looking all macho.

image of not talking sports

That’s my Dad!

My Friends and Family

With my parents, the fact that I prefer to talk about anything other than sports is fine as sports is not really a part of their life either and we can find much more interesting subjects to talk about. With my friends, it did used to be a problem but those closest to me have similar interests so we usually spend our time talking about new software, technology and programming. I do have a few guys that are old friends that love sports, mainly soccer and baseball. When we meet up they try to avoid the topic as they know it bores me, but a lot of the time they can’t help themselves and I totally understand so don’t hold it against them. It is their passion just like coding is mine, so I just let them get on with it, smiling and nodding until the subject is changed.

Meeting New People

The toughest time for me is when I meet new people and talking to strangers. Most people would assume that all young men like myself would be really into some kind of sport, and they start asking me all kinds of questions about teams and people I have no idea about. I find it slightly awkward and embarrassing and just have to tell them that I don’t really follow any sports, my interests are more with gadgets, technology and software. When I tell people my passion is coding most of them look at me with a frown that means they have no idea what I am talking about, so I try to fluff it up a bit and make it sound a bit more general. In these situations I do feel a bit embarrassed and think maybe I should have more interest in sports like most other men in the country, but then later I think to myself no, I am proud of who I am and what I do.

Why Coding Keeps Me from Exercising

image of how i cant exercise 1I spend almost every single day of my life on my computer coding. I know it seems a bit depressing but for me it’s not, coding is the one thing that makes me happy and keeps me motivated. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the great outdoors, I just prefer to spend my days programming because I always feel like I have something to solve and something to achieve. I hardly ever exercise, I know I should but I don’t find the time, and I always have something more important that needs to be done.

My Body Type

I guess I am pretty lucky because no matter what I eat I always stay skinny; I must have one of those fast metabolisms where I never put on weight. When I was younger I wished that I wasn’t so skinny, and I could build up some muscle. I started lifting bottles full of sand and tinned food I found in the kitchen everyday hoping that it could make a difference. After a couple of months, my arms still looked the same, so I gave up. As I get older though, I do think my metabolism will slow down, and I won’t be able to keep eating what I eat and stay thin without exercise.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

I do think about it often and know that it is bad. I hardly move my body, but when I wake up in the morning all I can think about is the new and exciting coding projects I have to play with. I spend all day and night on the computer; it’s like an addiction, and I can’t seem to drag myself away. The hours seem to fly past when I’m programming, suddenly it’s the early hours of the morning and I feel like I just sat down. Sometimes I forget to have meals at the right times because I am so caught up in the computer, so finding time to exercise seems impossible.

image of a coder who cant exercise 1“Dexter, You Have to MOVE”

The people close to me are constantly telling me to get out, enjoy being in the fresh air and do at least some form of exercise. When I still lived at home, my mom would only cook healthy meals and would make me run up and down the stairs to get them. My parents would try and get me to go hiking with them on the weekends, but I would always be too busy with finishing off coding projects and trying to improve my skills. A couple of my friends are into soccer and used to try and get me to come and play, they soon gave up asking as they know I won’t come. Now I have my apartment; there are no stairs to run up and down apart from when I go out to get groceries. About once a week I go out to get supplies that will last me for the week. I try to power walk there and back, so I know at least I have done a mini-workout at least a few times a month.

Future

It is always in the back of my mind, and I know it is not doing my body any good constantly sitting on the computer. I have been thinking about getting an exercise bike or something similar for my apartment. Then when I am feeling frustrated with some complicated coding I can let out the stress with some really loud music and a ten or fifteen minute ride.