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Tynan mentioned that he would like someone to document their progress to see how their skills develop over the year. I'm on week 4 of the course now (Week 3 in courseware, but starts at week 0). I've really enjoyed the videos to this point because there is constant relating to material outside of just programming. Definitely a focus on building a mindset to be a good programmer which I didn't get as much of from Udacity (which is an excellent beginner course as well).
I've set realistic minimal goal of doing an hour a day after work. I typically will not work one or two days and also work 3 hours + one or two days. At first I really disliked C as it is much more syntax heavy than python, but I'm getting used to it now. The debugging is much less seamless. All of the projects have been challenging.
My biggest choice I've had to make is on cleaning up code or just shipping something that is functioning, but not elegant. I've tended to side with the functioning, but not elegant part. Not sure if this is correct or not, but from reading blogs, including Tynan's, from folks who started coding they would get something working and then maybe come back a few months down the line to clean up something that looked particularly atrocious.
My end goal is to be able to create simple programs that serve me at work and also better communicate with the Engineers at my company. If anyone else is doing this course please let me know in the comments.
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.
Mini Intervention for Myself
At the beginning of summer, I was super motivated to do other work along with my teaching. It was going well, until about 1-2 weeks ago. I don't know why, but I just don't feel like doing work anymore. Either I need time to recuperate from long days or I'm just not motivated.
I feel it's the latter: I'm just not motivated. I predict that the reason for my lack of motivation is the idealistic, highly-structured weekly plans I create for myself. They limit creativity and constrict me to a rigorous schedule.
"Carpe Diem." I need to start doing extra work, but creating such an elaborate outline is unnecessary. I did have an unstructured one for last week and it failed. However, I hypothesize that this may be due to extra duties at work in the past week.
My blog has also been sub-par. My goal in order to blog everyday has failed, disastrously. I must blog everyday (or at least an average of), no matter what the subject. As long as it's interesting, I should blog about something.