Motivation or the lack of it

I’m pretty sure you’ve felt this before: you were trying to learn a skill, potentially even programming, but for some reason you made a break and now you simply cannot get back into the habit of doing it regularly again.
To be honest, I’m experiencing that feeling right now with learning how to code, I’m lacking motivation and almost creating excuses to justify why I’m not coding today.
Admitting is always the first step though, right? Well at least I like to think so because I really do want to learn how to code (despite how busy I am making up excuses for myself).

Probably one of the most effective ways to do that is to restore motivation: maybe the initial reason why you’ve started learning this skill doesn’t motivate you as much anymore and you need to find/create a new one for yourself.

Sometimes you need to create your motivation yourself

When it comes to coding, I’ve heard a few people say that the best way to do it is by creating a project, a goal for yourself. Obviously it has to be something that is attainable, something that you can do by/while learning this skill. A project will motivate you much better than the guilt you may be experiencing as you procrastinate. In fact think that it will give you much more energy and enthusiasm then just the goal of learning the skill itself + it will feel amazing when you can see that you are getting it right and achieving things!

A great example of this is Jennifer Dewalt, an artist who learned how to code by doing (an approach she calls JFDI), her project was to create 180 websites in 180 days. Not only she learned how to code as a result, but she became super successful as a software engineer and has founded a company called Zube, which is a project management system for GitHub.

When I first saw Jennifer’s project, I was very inspired to do something similar. I’m not brave enough to do what she did, but I’m planning to get back on track with my coding by creating projects for myself. And no matter how trivial they will be, I will post about them here.

Only this way I’ll stay motivated enough and create interesting material that people can relate to 🙂 Have you ever set such projects for yourself? Let me know in the comments or send me an email!

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1 Comment

  1. toby@tobyitguy.com
    December 4, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    This happens to me alot. Its so annoying. I give myself tasks but then half way through im fed up and hence i have a bunch of half done projects. I get to learn but i wish i could finish them. Most times i end up just going back to the language i know to feel happy in my comfort zone.lol

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