Learning and practicing 20 minutes at a time

Having recently graduated from Anyone Can Learn To Code, I’m very excited about all these new things I know, but I’m also afraid of losing them now that bootcamp has ended.

I’m in the process of looking for employment, which makes me think I should be spending all my time focusing on that task. But, really, I need to dedicate some time to practicing what I’ve learned as well. I can’t expect to improve my code unless I’m writing more of it. And with better code and more projects, I’ll improve my chances of landing a job.

The logic is quite simple. But there are so many bits and pieces that go into what “improve my code” means that it’s a bit overwhelming to figure out where to start. There’s reading about Ruby, there’s practicing writing Ruby and Javascript, there’s becoming more familiar with Angular, there’s practicing Github workflow – then there are design related skills I don’t want to neglect either! And you can’t forget about the job search.

I won’t bore you with every bit, but let’s just say I have a mountain of post-it notes with each bit laid out. So what’s my plan? I’m going to break it all down into 20 minute increments. I won’t start them all on the same day, but I will start with a handful, enough for a couple of hours. Reading followed by Javascript practice, followed by Ruby practice…you get the idea.

Groundbreaking? Not really. But it’s new for me, at least in trying to apply it to so many goals. I’ll see how it goes over the next week and revisit to see if any adjustments would be helpful in keeping me on track.

Wish me luck!