Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
So, for the past month nothing productive has happened over at my work, mainly because I've spent all of my time doing tech support for one of our customers instead of continuing development on new features for our website like they assigned me to (before they decided appeasing the customer was more important... and I can't blame them, because we only have so many customers =( ).
Anyways, it all came to a head last night when I pulled a 16 hour shift to solve a problem that ended up being them having a faulty networking cable running between the system running their SQL server and their switch. The last five hours or so of that were spent on the phone with the owner of their company, trying to convince him that such was the problem and answering his angered and frustrated responses as he refused to accept that it was a problem with anything on their end.
So today, I'm staring at code, back to looking at the website improvements which have been delayed for a month now from all of this. I've been staring at it for hours... all day. Really simple code. And I'm feeling horrible, because I'm looking at it, and it's something that a 12 year old should be able to do... and I can't seem to pull the motivation up from within me to type a single keystroke. But I can type this just fine, and browse the forums just fine.
I feel more burnt out than I've ever felt in my life.
Fellow programmers out there... what do you do to pull yourself out of such a rut?
(And yes, this is the same job I was complaining about before... now I'm in New Hampshire, so I'm where I want to be... but I'm still working with them, and the recession seems to have made it so that there's not many opportunities available at the moment. They still won't give me health care, which is adding to my unwillingness to DO anything (we're coming up on year 4 since they initially promised healthcare with nothing to show for it... but as I noted in the prior thread about this job, it's basically due to them having 0 money). But I feel guilty and stupid for staring at the screen when what I'm doing ought to be extremely, utterly easy.)