7 ways to keep motivated when learning programming
When you start programming, it can be very difficult to maintain motivation. Programming is a difficult task , so in moments when you do not understand why your code does not work, you can easily lose all your courage. You try to penetrate into complex algorithms or more advanced and abstract concepts, and very sadly, when it seems that there is no progress at all.
To find the best ways to maintain motivation, I interviewed several experienced developers. I hope these tips will help you just as they helped me!
1. Make sure you really want to do this.
If programming is not what you would like to do, leave it to those who want it. One of the first “hacks” of the programming learning process is to know why you do it.
When you mess up in your code and nothing goes as planned, it’s time to recall why you even started to do it. This will push you forward, help keep you motivated and more easily perceive any grief encountered on the way.
Motivation is good, but in the long run it will not make you keep moving forward. So be passionate about what you are doing.
Of course, this does not mean that you have to be obsessed with literally everyone in programming or be incredibly passionate about right from the start. Let’s look at things real: this kind of thing does not happen overnight. Often, in order to get carried away, you need to spend some time trying to learn and understand programming, as well as creating something simple from scratch.
2. Start small, celebrate small victories and create, create, create!
My mentor told me that if you want to create a flying car, first try to attach wheels to a skateboard, get pleasure from it, then redo the skateboard into a bicycle, etc.
Nobody promised that it would be easy. For many, learning programming is definitely a daunting task.
One of the most effective approaches to learning and maintaining interest in it is to start small. This means that you first need to learn the basic syntax of the language, then start writing some code to practice. When you get comfortable, praise yourself and move forward!
Study all concepts one by one, one at a time, so that you can learn each one well. When you accumulate enough such “building blocks” and celebrate your small victories on this matter, look back and see how far you have come.
Build your own simple project that uses a new idea for you, or go differently to some old idea.
Learning programming gives you the ability to create things that have the potential to change the world. Build something, test what you have learned, and keep up the good work.
There are many online resources that can inspire you to choose a project. You can attend and offline events, for example, hackathons. Having a project that is completely yours or shared with friends will be a great motivator for moving forward.
3. Find a mentor
Most developers will tell you that they have learned a lot from their mentor, and it doesn’t matter if they were a more experienced colleague or just an acquaintance who was busy in a certain field.
Mentor will help you avoid common mistakes and bypass various obstacles that can slow down your learning process. Mentors have knowledge in the style of “floated, know” and can give invaluable advice based on their real experience.
After you find your teacher, your growth opportunities will be endless. You will be able to participate in pair programming sessions, have staged interviews, or even get a recommendation. Mentors, no doubt, are the most reliable motivators that push you to the finish line.
4. Take care of your portfolio
Creating more and more things, do not forget to replenish the collection of their works. Feeling that your motivation evaporates somewhere, you can always open your portfolio and clearly see how far you have already gone.
Portfolio is needed not only for job search. This is just a matter of your pride in everything that is done!
5. Just do it. Or do nothing
I try to remember that the fastest way to achieve my goals is to just do this damn thing.
Sometimes you just need to do something, stop thinking and complicate things too much.
On the other hand, “You can do nothing. That’s right, just forget about what’s bothering you. ”
Keep in mind that after several hours of watching training videos or incessant programming, you can burn out. It is important to devote some time to rest in order to be able to recover and replenish your reserve of strength.
Who knows, maybe the solution to your problem will be your dream! (Seriously, it happens).
6. Maintain a good balance.
Being carried away, it is very easy to forget that there is a whole world outside of your computer. Therefore, try to take regular breaks and move away from your car (or even any electronics at all).
When you spend a lot of time trying to solve the same problem, and there is no progress, it can easily lead to frustration, stress and, ultimately, to burnout .
Meet your buddies, spend time with your family and do whatever you want, at least for a few hours to disconnect your brain from what you are working on. The brain will thank you for it.
Programming is a very introverted activity, so maintaining contacts with people can be a difficult task. Especially for those who chose programming for themselves precisely because it is an introvert. This is my case. I find it difficult to maintain an adequate level of social contacts, so I signed up for acting classes.
7. Become part of the community that will support you
It doesn’t matter what language you learn; for sure you will be able to find the appropriate online community. There you can meet other people who study programming, as well as more experienced developers.
I hope these tips will help you maintain your motivation, as well as possibly motivate your comrades. You can do everything you have in mind!
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