The first few weeks of your coding journey are like bliss. As soon as you sit down to learn, the world around you disappears, and only the screen gets your undivided attention. You blaze through each lesson, and as soon as you’re done, you’re eager to go for another round.
Unfortunately, as time goes on, your passion seems to go away with it. You suddenly find yourself with dozens of tabs in your browser — full of articles, videos, and other resources — all unfinished signs of your dwindling motivation.
But here’s the good news. With proper planning and the right mindset, you can keep your motivation alive throughout your coding journey. Let’s see how.
As with any journey, you need to know your why before taking a plunge into coding. Having some fun, stimulating your mind, gaining an edge at work, or even starting a career in software engineering — your reason could be anything. What matters is that you’re crystal clear on what it is. If you can figure that out, you’ll have a powerful purpose to fall back on when the next time motivation goes down.
Once you’ve defined your goal, you need to visualize it. Take a deep breath and imagine yourself working towards that goal. Imagine what it feels like. See what the end looks like. Visualization might seem silly at first, but research has shown that you can improve any skill just by visualizing yourself practicing it.
Your coding journey doesn’t differ from that of any other beginner. You need a clear plan if you want to reach the destination. For instance, knowing which programming languages to learn isn’t enough. You also need to know which specific aspects to learn and when to learn them. By having a clear plan, you’ll be well on your way to a smooth coding journey.
With goals, you need to keep two perspectives in mind. The long term and the short term. Your long-term goal could be to learn website coding over the next four weeks. While that long-term goal will motivate you initially, you need to aim for smaller wins to keep your spirits up in the long run.
That’s why breaking up big long-term goals into smaller short-term goals is so important. For instance, you can challenge yourself to build an online resume with HTML to start with. You can then take it a step further by using CSS to make it look pretty. By breaking goals down like this, you’ll feel a sense of achievement every step of the way.
Keeping track of your success and celebrating small wins is just as important as making progress. The good news is that by breaking down your goals, you’ve already set yourself up for tracking your success. Now you just need to take a moment every now and then to sit back and reflect on your achievements so far. You’ll get an instant boost of motivation every time you’ll do this.
Learning arbitrary coding concepts can get boring after some time. To keep your motivation up, think of all the things you’ve always wanted to create. Then use your newfound coding skills to make them happen. Just don’t forget to start with the simplest version possible. You can then work your way up from there.
The burst of motivation at the start of a project is short-lived. That’s why you need to put these seven motivation tips into practice as soon as you can.
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