While the path may be full of twists and turns, bumps and burns... there are some essential checkpoints that will help you along the way.
As your learning journey begins, you may feel overwhelmed with all of your options. Which programming language should you start with? Front-end, back-end, design, something else?!
Take a deep breath... and know that there's no wrong place to start. What interests you the most? What feels like it will be the best starting point for you? Just start somewhere... and grow from there.
Once you've found and committed to your learning path, you're well on your way! Design a learning groove that works for your daily lifestyle. If learning 15 minutes per day is most beneficial for you, go for it!
Again, there's no wrong way. Just make sure you set yourself up for success with reasonable daily goals so you are building momentum. Be sure to also take breaks so that you can digest everything you're learning - you'll come back fresh!
You may encounter challenges along the way. You may sail right through. One thing's for sure, you will eventually come upon roadblocks - it's part of the journey! It's important to surround yourself with folx and resources that can help you unblock things and move forward.
Be sure to reach out to your loved ones and friends for support. Build or join a community that you can reach out to and ask for help when challenges arise. Utilize your resources - Google-it, Stack Overflow-it, Dev.to-it.
Overcoming challenges along the way will help you to successfully learn... and your support networks and online resources are key to that success.
There may come a point along your learning journey where you start to deviate from the path... you might miss a day (or a few). That's okay! Life happens. The most important thing is to hop back on the track when you are able and start moving again.
You may have needed a bit of time to digest everything you've been working with. Just don't give up on your goals - know that you can reach the top of that mountain you're climbing.
Whether you're working on small daily goals, or big picture goals... reaching those achievements is vital to feeling like you're getting somewhere on your learning journey. It will propel you from success to success.
We know it's not always easy. Be sure to give yourself some props! You are doing an amazing job juggling life alongside learning. Keep receipts of your achievements so that you can refer back to them if you feel like giving up or if Imposter Syndrome sets in.
Once you've accomplished your goals – go after new ones. The key to being a lifelong learner is doing it for the love of learning... and finding joy in the growing process.
Every learning journey is unique. Are there any other essential checkpoints you have to keep you motivated and growing? Leave a comment below!