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Pushing Through Resistance to Practice Coding Challenges

alexlsalt profile image Alex Morton Updated on ・1 min read

This post was originally published on May 8, 2020 on my blog.

Alright, folks. We've made it to the end of the week. And it's actually been really calm!

I'm at about the halfway point of my client web design project where I'll be finishing up the first draft of it and sending it over to my client and her virtual assistant for review. Then I'll have a nice, restful weekend.

I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to start practicing live coding technical challenges. But I didn't get around to it, and toward the end of the day, I noticed myself feeling really tense and edgy.

I think I got caught up in a mind-whirl of "Well I don't know how to do this so I'm just better off putting it off indefinitely."

Which...doesn't help very much.

Thankfully, those feelings were assuaged by talking it through and going for a long evening walk.

But today's a new day, and I've made the decision to start my work by actually setting a timer and working through a coding challenge. Regardless of whether or not I'm successful with it, I'll still be a bit closer to where I eventually want to be (instead of staying at Point Zero by not doing anything at all).

Just like compound interest - showing up and making small consistent efforts over time result in exponential growth. That's the ultimate move - here we go.

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Hello! I'm Alex and I'm a self-taught web developer, writer, and speaker. I also host The Ladies Code Collective Podcast > www.ladiescodecollective.com Let's be friends on Twitter!

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Taking the first step is the toughest! I hope you were able to start the code challenge.

 

It always is -- happy to report I started it and it was actually fun! Going to try to start a streak :D