Overwhelmed with Choice
I’ve been a developer for several years now. I have always been naturally curious, and “computer programming” was now on my radar. There must be a way for me to use my mind to make a living, I said to myself at the end of a long day on the ranch. I was a common laborer, a ranch hand helping to take care of 300 head of cattle and raising 5,000 pounds of tobacco. That’s another story altogether. Fast forward 3 years and I’ve just completed a three month immersive course in programming with Visual Basic 6.0 and SQL Server 6.5.
I’m currently and have been concurrently to some extent, studying Android development, R and statistical analysis, Unity/Render gaming and game asset creation, .NET Core, Entity Framework Core and solidifying my knowledge of Angular 2+. I realized a few weeks ago that I was moving along at a snail’s pace trying to learn so many different things at once, so I developed (finally) a schedule of sorts.
I split everything I’m currently interested in learning into five groups:
1. R and statistical analysis with R Studio
2. Unity and Render
4. .NET development related
5. Android development with Android Studio
I’ve scheduled recurring tasks every five days for each of these groups. Any time I have to study must fall into the group scheduled for the given day. I’ve been through a few cycles of this, and I wish I had done this years ago. I’m no longer side tracked by development related email, tweets, books, articles that are not related to the day’s subject group. My time spent studying a particular topic is magnitudes more productive than I have been accustomed to. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?