| ||Ask HN: What do you do when your entire being opposes the task at hand?|
395 points by septerr on May 23, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 201 comments |
|It seems I am fighting with myself. This has happened multiple times and seriously affects the quality of my life.|
I am assigned a feature to implement, usually vague and something that I feel adds unnecessary complexity to the codebase. I try to reason with my managers, but usually their minds are already made up. I then struggle with finishing this feature, logging hours upon hours against it...not because it takes so long to code, but because I can't make myself do it and waste hours motivating myself to do it. Also I waste considerable amount of time trying to do things in the most readable, maintainable and simple way possible. This means weighing merits of different solutions and choosing one. I am a really hesitant decision maker, resulting in more wasted hours.
The haranguing part is that my managers don't fire me. They don't see how many hours I have wasted, how unmotivated I am. Instead they treat me as one of their most valued employees (oh the irony!).
(I am not in a position to change jobs at the moment. I am helping my BF's startup by doing this job.)
Have you been in such situations? How do you get in the zone and get it done when your entire being is revolting against the task?
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