Subconscious Debugging

January 9, 2021

If you are stuck debugging something, one of the best techniques at your disposal is walking away. I have, unfortunately, relearned this lesson with alarming frequency. Instead of brewing another pot of coffee, at the end of your day:

  • Write down, on a notebook or in a text file, everything you know about the problem so far.
  • Write down the next thing you are going to try.
  • Don’t work on the problem until tomorrow.

Take a break. Your subconscious can be a better debugger than you are. Give it the information it needs, and let it get to work.