I love coding. Once I get started, I get lost in the groove very easily. I love thinking about the best way to organize objects and design my UI. It feels good to find elegant ways to solve problems. So the fact that I haven't done a lot of programming lately really frustrates me.
If I was working in industry right now, I'd be coding every day. The nature of my current projects in grad school require a lot of preliminary non-coding work (especially reading). But it would be wrong to blame grad school for my lack of coding.
In fact, there seem to be two larger problems at play here. First, I have a hard time wanting to do much of anything work related in the evenings. This is partly because my husband and I value balance in our lives, like to cook real food for dinner and keep the house in good working order (easier said than done when you own a 130+ year old place in the country). My poor eyesight and need to wear hard contacts may also play a factor, making my eyes too tired to focus on a screen all evening.
But perhaps more frustrating is the second problem. The amount of momentum I need to break the code block barrier has grown to be fairly immense. I don't know why this is. Once I get started I can't stop, but it seems really, really hard to make the first move. To open Xcode or or Eclipse or Visual Studio and just start coding. It may be related to my dislike of doing something for only a short period of time before having to put it away again (probably the same reason I still haven't finished playing the first Portal). I'm not sure.
I have more than one project that I've very nearly finished. I could easily be tinkering away on these projects when I need a break from reading or during a quiet evening at home. I want to break this code block and be consistently programming throughout each semester. How?