My procrastination has reached unprecedented levels as of late. One way to avoid procrastination is to keep ourselves accountable and I’m hoping this might be a solution.
One technique to keep ourselves accountable is to tell a friend about our goals. Although, the idea of telling my friends my personal ambitions is strangely a lot more daunting than the alternative, to make my goals public online. Learning to code has been something I’ve been interested in for a good part of this year. I made a step forward by enrolling in a Harvard CS50 course – the key word is enrolling because I have not submitted a single homework problem or gone past Week 1. I’ve learnt a few things about boolean, arrays, etc but if you told me to put things in practice, I wouldn’t have a clue.
There are a lot of things that I’m wanting to learn or improve in myself but I think making my coding journey public is the most beneficial for me and perhaps even to you.
Every week I will write an update on:
- what I’ve been learning
- what I struggled with
- tips I’ve learnt
This will definitely keep me accountable because I sure would look shit if I just said- I procrastinated this week and didn’t touch any coding. (However, slip ups here and there are all acceptable within reason – we are all human).
It’s definitely going to be a journey – and a tough one as well. There’s no destination or ‘end-goal’ that I’m defining because there isn’t one really. I’m wanting to code because I think it’s an incredible valuable skill and I want to improve my logical and critical skills whilst delving into the tech space despite not necessarily wanting to transition into the tech industry. I think you need to be learning a skill or doing a hobby for the right reasons.
I also know how difficult it is to keep at a hobby or skill if you don’t put the effort and dedication it deserves. I think something that allows you to put in that effort is keeping yourself accountable but also doing it for the right reasons and remembering your purpose.
Hence, this weekly post should provide me sufficient fuel to keep pushing at it. It may not be for me but at least I’ve given it a go. I’m genuinely interested to see what awaits.