I was perusing through this site called Dev.to. It’s an AMA (Ask Me Anything) site for developers and freelancers. And, I came across this one AMA: “Landed a Junior Front End Developer role in 3 months”. And, one of the questions caught my eye: “How did you stay motivated? And how did you handle the days where you may not have been so motivated?” And, the answer was great advice for freelancers and work-from-home folks: “I set a very strict schedule for myself, I had set hours every day that were for study and nothing else. Being self taught requires
I gotta chuckle a bit. Did you read that subject line like, “Really John?” “Could you be more cliche, buddy?” Heh. I’m just testing you. Seeing who trusts me enough to open this email, anyway. Anyhoo… I got something like that for you, today. Because man… today, I was feeling like a real turd. I’ve been talking all this “productivity” game. And here I am today feeling unmotivated as hell. Didn’t wanna send this email. Feeling overwhelmed by my house. And, not wanting to do [email protected]#. At least, I WAS about an hour ago. Now, I’m good to hook. Typing
I seriously feel like Scrooge, sometimes. The grumpy old man, scoffing at the kids and their little “hacks” and gimmicks… imploring them not to get all wrapped up in every shiny new object that comes along… knowing full well they’re not gonna listen. I especially feel it when it comes to LEARNING web development. I get all these emails or YouTube comments or Facebook messages from aspiring web developers about staying motivated and getting through the hard parts of learning to code… And, they’re always look for some “tip”… Or “strategy”… When, the truth is… You can’t “hack” your way
It’s funny. This time of year always gets me a little reflective. I want you to think about this, though. Why? I mean… why are you here? Why did you sign up for this mailing list in the first place? Why are you trying to learn development? Or freelancing? Or whatever the reason you’re here is… why? We’re all pushing toward something greater. For me, it’s “retiring at 40” and spending as much time with my kids before they leave the house. Teaching them everything I know. Giving them the childhood I didn’t have. What’s yours? Stop and think about
Awhile back, I had a guy ask me: “ok jump in where I am wrong…. YOU ARE: a teacher, a developer, a business owner, a husband, a father, a dog owner, a homebuilder??? Do you have a personal assistant walking next to you, feeding you to save time?” Now, I think the typical response is.. “Aw gee shucks. I just do my best!” But, the truth is… For me, that’s not really the case. A few years back, I made a conscious decision to push myself as far as I could productivity-wise. I’d just come off a big project where
Man! Been doing this Keto diet and today was a cheat day. So, had a huge stack of pancakes for breakfast… and my body is reeling. You know when you’re laying down and your arms feel like they weigh 100o lbs? Yeah, that. Anyway, got me thinking about this tweet: Procrastination Hack: When you procrastinate, you are focusing too much on the big tasks. Stop. Flip it. Focus on the small tasks & build up. Ex: instead of focusing on getting the entire blog done, do 1 paragraph. You will strangely want to complete another paragraph… — ArmaniTalks ?? (@ArmaniTalks)
I hate Facebook. Seriously. But, I love it. I get to keep in touch with all the most important people in my life… but it can so easily suck away my day. Email, YouTube (oh god!), Clash of Clans (insert demon face)… as a freelancer my time and income are intimately linked. And, if I blow a day watching 50 Cent interviews on YouTube or building the “perfect” base on CoC… I lose money. Here’s seven of the best productivity tips and resources I’ve found to STOP me from doing this day after day (after day): 5 Apps To Boost
Ever felt unmotivated or uninspired while working on a project? You felt it at first… you were super excited to get started… you felt like you could take on the world… Then, about halfway through it was ALL gone. No passion. No inspiration. No motivation. It happens for a reason. It’s not chance or luck. It’s not a fluke… or even something you necessarily did wrong. And, there IS a way to fix it.
Listen to the Full 30-Minute Podcast Version [powerpress] Let me give you an example: Yesterday, I was feeling completely burnt out. For the last couple weeks, I had been pushing real hard on a number of projects, working late nights, and basically strapped to my desk 24/7. And, it was starting to catch up to me. But, I had one more project I needed to finish and I really didn’t want to do it. Now, I’ve learned over the years that the quality of my work is pretty horrific when I force myself to work when I don’t want to.
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