Clear Mind, Clean Code
Discover the power of mindfulness to make you a better developer
Register for my four week online course The Mindful Developer and kick start your meditation practice now.
The most valuable asset a coder has is a clear mind. But the pressures of coding can make us feel like we have the busiest mind in the world. I know this feeling so well!
I’ve spent years of my coding career undermined by self-doubt. I’ve felt like a complete fraud, out of my depth, like I’d be caught out at any moment – that I just wasn’t a good enough programmer…
I’ve burnt out more than once. The stresses and strains of continuous delivery demands, the feelings that I might be left behind by this ever changing industry.
I’ve spend countless frustrating nights staring at code, wondering what the hell is wrong, knowing it’s my fault but not having a clue what to do…
It’s lead me on a multi-year journey into the depths of my own mind.
Too much stress can ruin a coder’s clarity. Mindfulness meditation is a science backed practice that helps you to manage stress, work with difficult emotional states (like burnout, frustration, impostor syndrome and more).
Here’s a short video with a quick experiment for you!
Become a Calm Confident Coder
Sign up to my mailing list now, and as well as regular articles I’ll send you:
- Three guided meditation practices
- A PDF copy of my Ultimate Guide to Meditation for Programmers to read in your own time
- A burnout checklist, to assess how close you are to programming burnout
- An impostor flashcard, to help you tackle impostor syndrome
Is coding burnout an issue for you?
I’ve been programming professionally for 18 years. I’ve been through it all – the dazzling highs of successful projects, the miserable lows of feeling like a fish out of water, crippled by burnout, overwhelmed by the pressure to learn an endless list of always changing technologies.
I know it can be tough to find your way in the world of coding – particularly if you don’t have a traditional computer science background. It’s my mission to help you navigate this world with a calm, laser focused mind.I use scientifically grounded mindfulness meditation based practices to educate you about your mind, how stress works and what you can do about it.
I write articles on the relationship between stress, the mind and coding productivity.I produce video resources that help you learn practical tools for managing stress, training your mind to be more focused and productive.
Start with my 100% free, 36 page Ultimate Guide to Meditation for Programmers.
I’ve been actively researching and writing about how mindfulness practices can be applied while pursuing a software development career. Here is a selection of my recent articles.
Praise for my courses
Wonderful feedback from other programmers who have applied the benefits of mindfulness to their coding life by learning to meditate with my online course.
About Daragh Byrne
Daragh is a Sydney based programmer (with around 18 years of professional experience) and meditation teacher. He’s spent a decade researching how mindfulness techniques can be used to improve lives, specifically in relation to
- Mental health
- Focus, flow and productivity
- Emotional self-care
Questions about The Mindful Developer
Here are some commonly asked questions
Is it OK that I’m an athiest, or a member of a particular faith?
I’m roughly speaking a rationalist materialist athiest who used to be a Catholic and has a strong interest in Buddhism and modern theories of consciousness. One thing I’ve learned is that all traditions, including modern secularism, can embrace meditation as a practice in its own right, without needing to sign up to a particular worldview.
Meditation, when done correctly, encourages an attitude of curiosity. I’ve seen people of all faiths and none benefit.
Do I need any meditation experience to participate in The Mindful Developer?
No! The course is fully self-contained, giving you all of the information you need to get started with building a mindfulness practice.
I already use an app like Headspace or Calm to meditate – how is this different?
I LOVE the apps. Headspace and Calm have paved the way to making meditation a first class activity for modern humans. So as a teacher I’m grateful to them!
To learn meditation requires three things:
- Information – ideas, concepts and instruction in meditation
- Reflection – sharing about your experience
The apps to a GREAT job at #2. I have found that a bit more emphasis on #1 and #3 can make for a smoother experience when learning about mindfulness.
The course provides greater detail about concepts and ideas needed to learn to meditate effectively that many of the apps can. As well as that, you’ll get to talk to both myself and the other students on the live calls, making #3 available (this is generally impossible on the apps).
Where do I get started?
A good place to start is my Ultimate Guide to Meditation for Programmers.
You can also sign up for my 4-week, self directed course called The Mindful Developer. It’s only $47 and it’s a wonderful way to kick start your meditation practice!
No risk registration
If you’re not totally satisfied with any of my paid product, I’ll give 100% of your money back, no questions asked. I’ll even let you keep the downloadable materials, absolutely free.