Start Over Coder
About This Show
I'm leaving my corporate 9 to 5 to start over as a programmer in pursuit of financial independence. On the podcast I share all of my experiences and lessons learned, from learn-to-code resources to getting paid for your work, and all of the wins and losses along the way.
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024: Making Time To Learn To Code
Learning to code while working full time is a huge undertaking. Here are some strategies to help you get there. The main 2 requirements are: Having clear goals about why you want to learn to code. It will help you make the tough choices when figuring out how to spend you time. Code every day! Even if it's just a review of the previous day, look at code every day to ensure you don't have to learn the same things over and over again (check out episode 10 and episode 12 if you want to hear about what happens when you don't do this!). With these things squared away, you can try the following strategies: Log your practice. You can use a simple wall calendar or a habit building app like HabitBull to keep track of your study days. Then you will notice when your "short break" turns into a longer one! Schedule your coding time. And it is sacred! Phone off, email closed, just focus. Even if you only get in 20-30 minutes, this time is key. Work on fixed-term projects. Find a course that has set deadlines, or set a deadline for yourself--if you've not made progress by a certain date, find another tool that's going to be more motivating for you personally. (If you want to check out FreeCodeCamp there's the link.) Work on projects in a group. If you're like me the social pressure of not letting your team down will be a great motivator to keep your studies up! Depending on your level, you could find some coding buddies or contribute to open source projects to get that accountability. If you're a parent, all is not lost! Here are a few of the articles I mentioned about other parents who have learned to code with young kids in tow: How I got a second degree and earned 5 developer certifications in just one year, while working and raising two kids