10 Ways To Stay Motivated
10. Make Sure You Have A Passion For This
When you start coding, it’s hard to have a passion for what you’re doing. You most likely started learning because the end goal sounded cool, game developer, web developer, software engineer, woah, sounds awesome. Well that’s where the passion comes in. You don’t know much of anything at the start so it’s hard to keep that passion through out. Just make sure you love the process of learning and you’ll be fine!
9. Build, Build, Build
Something that has really helped me out with starting to learn, is repetition. Looking up a certain project, building it based off of the tutorial, then going off on your own, closing every other window on your computer and troubleshooting code a thousand times. Hopefully this helps you the same way it helped me. Starting out, you will find yourself getting stuck and not being able to even start pointing out why. Just keep at it and you’ll be fine!
8. Mentor It Up
Getting a mentor is huge. I can’t speak personally to this because I don’t have one, I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But if you can, go to a meetup, a place where a bunch of newbie coders get together and talk about the things they can’t figure out and to share their successes (spoiler for later in this list). Mentors can be a very personalized way to get help on that one problem, or host of problems you’ve been stuck on, so go get one!
7. Maintain A Portfolio
It’s important to have an archive of all your old work. Not just for the obvious benefits of when you are looking for jobs, and need something to show them in the interview, but it’s nice to look back and see your progress. Make sure the things you have in your portfolio are things that you’re proud of, that way when you show people, it’s something that you are happy to share. It’s a great thing when you can see how far you’ve come and didn’t even realize it, so save all your crap you’ve been working on, maybe later on you’ll look back on it and be able to fix some obvious mistakes.
6. “Nike Slogan”
We’ve all heard it before, JUST DO IT! Sometimes you can procrastinate the week away in a day. You just have to get off your butt and get the thing done you are dreading. This is a simple one but trust me it works.
5. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Keep yourself healthy is a great way to stay motivated. When you start going down the rabbit hole of coding for the last 10 hours, you realize you’re pretty damn sick of it. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated, fed, well exercised. It will do wonders that you don’t even realize. One good thing to do is meditate once a day, it can be very freeing to clear your mind for even a few minutes at a time, thinking of absolutely nothing. Absolutely nothing, doesn’t that sound nice, and hell maybe you’ll even come up with the answer to that problem you’ve been having.
4. Be A Part Of A Community
Having someone to share successes with is a great thing, especially when you’re first starting out. This can come in lots of different forms, friends, family, coder groups, online groups (Brackets on Facebook, check us out!). There are lots of ways to share your problems and successes with people. Look at me I’m posting to the internet where 10 million people read my blog every post……
3. Have The End Goal In Mind
This can go hand in hand with number 10. When starting this journey you probably have something that you want to accomplish, whether it be some sort of engineer, developer, or you just want to learn some new skills. Always keep that end goal in mind. Write it down, have a picture of where you want to be when you reach it, picture it every day. If you keep that in mind you will succeed your goals!
2. Explore New Programming Languages
When you get stuck it can start getting frustrating very quickly, while most of the time I would recommend you stick with the problem you are trying to solve, maybe go on some forums, or ask some people you know from the group you are involved with. Sometimes it can get a little too much and you just end up spending too much time on one problem, that’s when it’s good to get a fresh perspective. Start from scratch on another language entirely. This may seem like a dumb thing when you’re first starting out but it can be really motivating when you know one language really well and are stuck. You will also probably surprise yourself on how quickly you learn the second language.
There you go 10 things that will help keep you motivated! A few of them I have not done myself but I plan to in the future, and a few that I have done and will continue to do throughout my entire journey! Now to the successes and failures!
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