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  • Writer's pictureTim Buchalka

Potential Problems You Might Face on Your First Job

In today's post, I want to talk about a problem that people who are starting in a new programming job can encounter, tips about it, discuss the problem, and then come up with some solutions. So let's talk about that today.

We're talking about a problem that many first time programmers have when they start their full-time programming job and that's something they probably have never even thought could be a possibility until they get onto that job. And the problem? Being tired and sleepy all the time at work.

Most of the time, keep in mind that is caused by having your brain "on" all the time. So you're thinking, you're working hard, you're talking to other people, and it can basically be tiring and really draining for you to be in that situation. Now it doesn't help that you're working a nine to five job so there's eight hours at least already plus the commuting time and that can make for really quite a long day and often you end up feeling tired and drained. That's just part of the problem and just takes a while to get used to, so here some of the solutions and ways to get around this.

Firstly, drink plenty of water during the day. This is a big one just to make sure that you do have your water there because that can help hydrate you and keep you adjust. Also, get up and walk around the block or just around the office from time to time. That's gonna really help to reinvigorate you if you're feeling a bit tired and sleepy. The other advantage of drinking water, of course, it means you may have to go to the bathroom, so that gives you a way to have a bit of a break, and you know, have a bit of walk around the office, so that will help as well.

Now exercise is another thing that I highly recommend. You know, obviously I'm not the fittest guy in the world, but I used to swim or walk everyday before work and even these days, I've just come back from a walk this morning, four and a half K walk for me is pretty good. I'll do that everyday now to try and give myself the best start to the day and keep in mind that's another important thing just to really, get the heart pumping and so on and so forth.

Next, take some breaks. Ideally, you want to try and take five minute break per hour if possible to just, you know, recharge the batteries a little bit like in taking a walk and so forth. There can be some power to that or just, you know, switching off for five minutes. If you can get away, that would be pretty good.

Next, try and get plenty of sleep. Now you're probably doing that anyway if you are tired and sleepy, but especially early on when you're starting a new job, make sure you allocate extra time to sleep to sort of build up, recharge your batteries and so forth.

Lastly, I just want to make the point here that you do get used to this. This problem tends to go away after a while. It's not something you have to worry about for years to come, but it's particularly relevant when you're starting your first programming job. So think even going into your first programming job knowing that this can be a factor will help you understand that and with the tips I've given you today, hopefully, you can overcome it so it's not a problem. Best of luck with it.

All right, so I hope that helped. If you've got any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

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