Suncoast Developers Guild: Week 2
Before deciding to attend a coding bootcamp, I did a lot of research on them. Each coding bootcamp is different, but one common denominator is the time commitment. I was advised again and again by fellow bloggers that time management was going to be the most important skill to exercise during a bootcamp, and they were right. I was also advised to give my friends, family, and loved ones a heads up that I would be largely unavailable for three months. I’m glad heeded that advice.
I’m blessed to live in the same city as my family, and I’m very close to them. Before I began at SDG, I spent as much time as possible with my family. Likewise, I spent as much time as possible with my boyfriend. We cooked meals together and binged The 100 (any fans out there?). Throughout the first two weeks of the bootcamp I’ve seen my family exactly twice, and I rarely spend more than two hours per day with my boyfriend even though we live together. Luckily, I have a strong support system around me. From day one, my loved ones have supported my decision to better myself and make this career change.
Figuring out my daily schedule has been a struggle, but I’ve figured it out by the end of Week 2. SDG is located in St. Pete. I live across the Howard Franklin Bridge in Tampa. With no traffic, it’s a thirty minute drive. With rush-hour traffic, it’s more than an hour and a lot of unnecessary stress. Also, I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to get seven hours of sleep per night and exercise at least three times per week throughout this bootcamp in order to make sure my effort is sustainable. I know a lot of people who pull all-nighters to get work done, and I know from personal experience that it is wiser to spread out work and sleep or you won’t retain any of the information you’re learning. After two weeks of trial and error, here’s my daily routine for weekdays:
4:45AM — Wake up, do an hour of cardio at apartment complex gym
6:45AM — Leave apartment in order to beat traffic
7:15AM — Arrive at SDG and finish work from last night or practice with Codewars, FreeCodeCamp, or Codecademy
9AM to 5PM — day of learning at SDG
5PM to 7:30PM — stay on campus at SDG to work on assignments and avoid afternoon traffic
7:30PM — leave campus and head home
8:00PM — eat dinner and watch one episode of a series
9:30PM — go to bed
On the weekends, I try to code about four hours per day. Other than that, I’m cleaning the apartment, buying food, making meals in bulk to refrigerate and/or freeze so I don’t have to cook throughout the week, and taking a few hours to relax.
Balancing personal life with the bootcamp is hard, but it’s a sacrifice I knew I’d have to make, and I feel like I’ve gotten into a routine that allows me to keep my sanity and health throughout this very intense program.