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Still Working - Slow and Focused

This post was originally published on September 2, 2020 on my blog.

I recently wrote a post about working slower to achieve whatever goal you have faster, and I'm really following that advice today.

I had a bit of a late-start this morning - which is totally fine - and instead of being stressed out about not being able to get around to everything I intended to at the hour I'd planned to, I'm going with the flow.

I'm getting to it when I get to it, and I'm focusing 100% on it. I'm not going to reach a point where I feel frazzled, and if I do end up starting to feel pulled in different directions, I know to bring my focus back to the one task at hand that I'm currently working on.

After all, working slower and infinitely more focused will get us to where we want to be more quickly than working fast and frazzled and not giving adequate focus and attention to the task(s) at hand.


Today is Podcast Production Wednesday for The Ladies Code Collective Podcast! And the episode to be launched will go more in-depth to this idea of working slower to achieve our coding goals faster.

Be sure to give it a listen! >>


Other than podcast stuff, this week has been and will mostly be about making steady progress in my React learning (currently making my way through Dave Ceddia's ebook, Pure React).

I spent yesterday building out mock-ups of different UIs like Pinterest, Hacker News, and Internet Radio using React components and practicing passing different data points to each component. Before, I think I would've skipped out on the exercises to move on to the next chapter/lesson, but that's precisely where the practice gets implemented!

I started in a bit on going deeper into state management with React yesterday, and I'll continue on with that tomorrow and Friday.


In other news, I started watching Dark on Netflix last night, and it's safe to say I'm hooked (React pun intended).

P.S. Did you know I have a podcast with new episodes each Wednesday? Go listen right over here >>

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Top comments (3)

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Kirsten Lund

I'm taking a React class right now and was curious about that book, but $59 is a bit steep for an e-book so I'm still on the fence. I assume you'd say it's worth it?

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Alex Morton

Hi Kirsten! I bought it earlier this year and I think it was $39, so it seems like the price has gone up. If you're already taking a React class, that seems like it'll suffice!

Since I'd already purchased the ebook, I decided to fully finish that before moving on to another React course or resource :)

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Kirsten Lund

Yes - that makes perfect sense. thanks!