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Failing to plan is planning to fail

I've missed my hour of coding a few days last week. I did start a new job, and that affected my schedule. The main reason is that I have no idea what to code, and I've been getting stressed trying to come up with a project and design it too quickly.

First of all, I have to remind myself that I'm pretty new to all of this. I've learned some css and html a year ago(I don't think the course I was following was very good), did some javascript and ruby, and had some fun on I was mostly focused on learning the logic behind these languages.

I didn't do much with web design and planning out my own projects, and that's why I'm stuck now. So now I have a rough plan, but before I start a coding challenge, I want to have a solid plan.

I want to focus on three projects:

  1. A to-do list(which I've started)

  2. A calculator

  3. A landing page

Ok, so I have an idea of how I want these projects to look...sleek and modern. I've seen all these cool site and app designs on But when I try to come up with my own design, it never has the same feel. I need to cut myself some slack here too, I'm not a designer.

I need to focus on what I've learned and put it to practice. If I haven't learned something, I can learn it in the future.

What I can do is this:

  1. Get a pen and paper and start sketching some basic layouts

  2. Style with CSS to the best of my ability(it's not going to look like something a designer with 10 years of experience did and that's ok).

  3. Write the javascript on hard-coded elements(what I know how to do right now) and worry about dynamically added elements later.

  4. Keep learning and remember to have fun!

What do you do when you get stuck?

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