Code n00b: Find an Accountability Buddy to Keep Learning
Like many coding boot camp alums, at the moment of graduation, I was fired up. Ready to keep that heady momentum and intensive learning curve going. And then, like many coding boot camp alums, over time I faded. The reality of all the skills and technologies I still needed to master — and demonstrate, with projects — in order to land a web dev job did not daunt my will to succeed.
Unlike a computer hard drive, the human hard drive — aka our brains — has dynamic, asynchronous storage.
The reason is pretty simple: unlike a computer hard drive, the human hard drive — aka our brains — has dynamic, asynchronous storage. We are hard-wired to prioritize information that is in regular use and keep it at the top level, ready to for instant recall. Less-accessed knowledge is stored at a deeper level, and recalling it — even if it’s a subject we know well — is a more complex process that is more expensive, both biologically and time-wise.
So by trying to cram in my ongoing education on weekends, instead of doing a small piece of it each day, I was basically leaving myself in the lurch.
Because I knew Asa had already completed his self-defined task for the day and damned if I’m going to let my accountability buddy down.
And, because he’d never stop ragging on me if I did. Which is exactly what I want him to do. No more living in the lurch, for me.
Check out other posts from Michelle Gienow’s Code Noob series.
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