I'm learning MERN stack, I was enrolled in a 6-month "flex" bootcamp that I should have graduated from in June but I haven't finished yet and now I'm on a more "self-guided" trajectory. I'm 38, have a full-time job, 2 kids at home and I'm currently in the middle of a divorce from my wife of 12 years. Needless to say, I don't have a lot of free time to devote to coding. With my commute included, my job sucks up the hours of 7:30 am - 6:00 pm every weekday.
By the time I get home from work, I've got about 4 hours to do dinner, be with my kids, take care of housework, etc, before my body and brain give out and I have to sleep.
Weekends in which I can set aside multiple hours alone to study are rare.
When I do get a multi-hour chunk of time to study I'm so scattered and panicked that I can't focus on single tasks.
- Try to make progress in my bootcamp curriculum?
- Watch one of the video courses I've bought to help me through the curriculum?
- Practice katas and algorithms?
- Work on some of my portfolio apps?
- Work on my resume?
- Practice pair programming?
- Practice tech interview questions?
- Do some freeCodeCamp lessons?
- Scream into a pillow?
- Pass out face-down in a hedge?
I feel a tremendous pressure to get a dev job by the end of this year, not just because I hate my current job, but because the pay and benefits of a dev job would help me find a place I can have my kids stay with me, cover them on insurance, pay off debts and improve my work/life balance.
But I'm adrift. I'm stumped by seemingly basic algorithms that I used to be able to solve. I'm finding React difficult to get a handle on. I have no idea what to focus on. I have no real mentor or teacher or anyone I can count on to keep me accountable and on track.
What do, Dev.to? What do?