For me, I tend to learn best by doing. And in instances like this, I tend to learn best when I get burned and lost time as a result. The lesson of the mistake doesn’t set in unless there’s sufficient pain involved – even if it’s something as stupid as a typo.
It’s the start of a new week/sprint, and I’m feeling pretty tired again this week. I had a good, solid run of work days last week… and it rolled into a fairly busy weekend.
I’ve been working on a new feature at work this week, and it’s been very all-consuming. The days this week have been pretty solid, with me feeling like I’ve been going full-steam from when I sit down to when I get up to leave. All in a good way.
This sense of motion and completion has really been a more recent thing. Or, I should say, the consistent sense of motion and completion has been more a recent thing. I feel very different when looking back maybe six months, and it’s a good feeling.
Spent a good part of the day coding, today. Though… I guess not really coding. It was more me wanting to code, but then going off and finding various articles and reading things and then finding other articles…
I’m late to the Visual Studio Code train, but have been curious about it. After listening to a small bit on why some devs are switching and also learning that Wes Bos switched over to it… I decided it was worth a look.
“Calm” might be too strong a term. Maybe more of an absence. I’ve had a feeling of urgency and tumultuousness for some while, and only recently has that feeling subsided into the background.
“Is it too late to live in your heart, too late to burn all your civilian clothes?”
This is just a note for myself, as a kind of reference. Last week, I had a pretty nice week at work. Nothing major, but I’ve felt very positive and productive with my work hours. A lot of good conversations, completed a lot of new functionality, even helped others a bit with some troubleshooting.
Took the day off work today (as my birthday day off), and how do I spend it? Instead of sitting in front of a computer coding downtown all day, I sit in front of a different computer coding all day. Because apparently, that’s what I like doing in my time off.
You know that feeling you get, when you stay up all night cramming for a final? And then when it’s 9AM, there’s a low-level buzzing in the back of your eyes? And it’s a little difficult to concentrate, because you feel slightly removed from what’s in front of you?
Spent a lot of today looking over open source projects that contain React components already styled to work with Google’s Material Design. I’m not a huge fan of the flat look, but I hesitate to always reach for Bootstrap and figured on trying something a little new.
I can tell I’m starting to get the ball rolling more because I’ve started to wake up around 5:45AM, lately. Early mornings are always a good sign.
Using the car and map analogy, it feels like I’ve finally figured out the route I need to take… and I can begin driving. And actually getting a little bit of road under my tires.
I’m not really building much yet. It’s more like I’m learning what a hammer feels like, learning what a nail feels like. And then trying to use them. But oh wait, that’s not a nail – that’s a screw. Which looks kind of similar, but functions in a different way. So let’s not use that just yet.