Greetings CodeNewbies 👋🏾
Welcome back to my #100DaysOfCode weekly recap. If you've been keeping up with me, you know that it's been a long time 😅...
My weekly recap has been missing for about four weeks now. 🥴 Getting myself to the keyboard to type up this recap has been quite the challenge for me. A big part of me wants to just fade into the background and not write any more summaries, but a bigger part of me knows that picking up where I left off and continuing on is a lot more beneficial than running and hiding.
In order to catch up, I've decided to release two recaps: one for weeks 6 & 7 (this post) and another for weeks 8 & 9 (to be released on July 9th). From that point on, I will continue to release biweekly (fortnightly) recaps until I finish my 100 days.
Since I'll be releasing the next recap in a few days, I'll keep this one short and go into more detail on why I've switched from weekly to biweekly in the next one.
In my last recap, I had planned to slow things down a bit because I felt myself heading towards burnout. As I said in the post, May was a busy month, and I was starting to feel worn out from trying to keep up with all things life and coding. To help myself recover, I decided to ease off the gas and take my time with the Using Databases with Python course.
I followed through on my plans to slow down. For most of Week 6, I worked on coding exercises from the Exercism Python track. Switching things up from lectures and assignments to one-off coding exercises made a difference for me. I felt less overwhelmed and by the end of the week, I was ready to get back into the course.
For Week 7, I followed a similar strategy of alternating between lecture videos and assignments from the Python course and coding challenges. I also mixed in some Data Analysis coursework from the Google Data Analytics Professional certificate course Prepare Data for Exploration.
Since, I'm currently in Week 9 (and reflecting back on weeks 6 and 7), my plan for "next week" is to publish a new post for the Weeks 8 & 9 recap.
Recently, Ray Hutch, a Project Coordinator and veteran turned fellow coder, decided to switch coding resources after noticing that he wasn't retaining what he was learning. In the latest episode of his podcast, Truth Decoded - Why I Swtiched to Treehouse, he discusses his decision to move from a really popular, low-cost course on Udemy to a pricier (by comparison) Treehouse Techdegree.
Although switching resources (or contemplating a switch) is common, it can trigger frustration and over-thinking. I've been pondering what I will do after I wrap up the Python for Everybody specialization, and there are so many choices out there that I find myself unsure of where to go next. Listening to Ray go over his thought process was helpful, and I really enjoyed his advice-by-way-of-self-reflection approach.
If you find yourself spinning your wheels as you ponder switching from your current resource or choosing your next resource, his episode might help you get unstuck.
In the spirit of keeping things short, I'll leave you with this.
Until next time, happy coding!