My Programming Journey: Have Patience And Avoid Burnout.
Alex Gwartney May 11
This week I decided to talk about a couple of things that I feel like probably a lot of you might go through on your way to getting where ever it is you want to get to. And that is that burn out feeling or lack of motivation after the fun of doing something turns into well work. And having the patients to get to your goal. In my case, I have been really hitting that wall lately after doing school work and studying math/programming every day. It starts to wear on you but here is my advice to this. When you start feeling like you are going to hit a wall keep going don’t let your self-stop. Because the moment you do chances are you won’t come back to it. It may suck that day or week but if you can find some sort of goal to complete that day as small as it maybe it will give you the motivation to keep moving forward. In my case, it was getting through a little bit of math before work today. Other days its just getting through a chapter or getting a basic programming project done. Now another thing to keep in mind is to give yourself a break in-between. I try to set aside my weekends to do nothing but play video games and go out to lunch with my brother. This way I get to give my self-something to look forward to during the week to get me to the weekend. I try to use it as a reward system to get things done. Lastly, keep your end goal in mind of what it is your trying to achieve by working on whatever it is your doing. In my case its to be able to get into a programming position and getting into a better position. And until that happens I must keep pushing through the hard days and keep my focus. So overall if your going through that burn out phase don’t stop keep going and see it through to the end.
So, the next piece I wanted to discuss is having the patience to get to your end goal. I can’t stress this enough because I can care less how many success stories you read about how x person got a job in blank months. Which by the way I wish there would be less of these stories because while that situation worked out for that one person. It's not how it works out for everyone else. And I feel like it just gives this false reality that you can just sit down and begin something and in 6months be working for Google. When a lot of the time it takes a lot of time and practice and hard work to get into where ever it is your trying to get to. And it’s a reality that sometimes you must come to terms with that your journey is going to take a lot longer than you may have expected. And you must prepare for the long haul. Rather than thinking of the short term. This way you are not disappointed and give up when you don’t make it where you want in a short period of time.
Overall just keep focused on your goals have patients put the work in and you will get where you want to go. As always thanks for making it to the end of the post. I hope you get something out of it and keep on pushing forward.