As a person who works for a large corporation, I’m used to being in control of my time and my work. I have an endless list of projects to do, deadlines to meet, and an endless list of meetings to attend. I spend a lot of my time doing what I love. Even if it is just doing my homework. One of the best things that I feel as a programmer is the way it is so free.
But I have no control over what I do. And I always feel that if I don’t think about it, it will slip through. At my previous job, I could tell when deadlines were coming up. I could tell if I was wasting my valuable free time on things that I thought I should be doing. But I still ended up doing a lot more work in order to please people.
I think a lot about what I need and what I want to do. I think about things like what I can grow in my programming career, how I can help my family, and what I want to do as a future developer. When I was in school, I would have a lot of these thoughts. I guess I got to the point where I didn’t necessarily care what I did anymore and just did what I needed to do.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t do what you want to do. I’m saying that you shouldn’t take on too much (or too little) of a commitment to doing that work. You should pick a few things that you think you should do, then devote yourself to doing them. You should also start with the things you want to do, and figure out what you want to do as a career afterwards.
I know it’s a fairly bold statement to make, but a lot of people use do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to get some “extra” free time. I personally find this to be a really bad idea. It really messes up your life. It’s hard to be creative when you are living in the moment and waiting for inspiration to strike.
I’ve got to give do-it-yourself DIY projects to the “do it yourself” crowd. Even when I’ve found a way to make a fairly simple thing, I still always find myself wishing that I had done it myself. Its easier to start with the things you want to do and then work backwards. It can feel like a waste of time to actually achieve and complete those things, but its just plain easier.
This is a good reason to take it slow. It takes time to think about what you want to do and then just do it. The do it yourself crowd often seems to be a bunch of people who are just impatient. They make a bunch of things without thinking about it and just do it. I feel like they are just looking for quick results and can’t wait to get out of it.
This is a good reason to take it slow. I know I am. I like to take it slow, and take the time to think about why I want to do something, and then just start doing it. If I dont, I just start doing it.
I have a confession to make. I do a LOT of things, but I don’t know what I want to do or where I am headed. And I’m not one of those people who just knows what they want. I know it’s a good thing if I am going in the right direction, but I am not always sure what that direction is. And I’m not always ready to take a risk or experiment with something because I dont know if it will work.
I am one of those people who takes a risk when I am ready to take one. But only when I am truly ready to take it. And I dont do it just because I think that it is the right thing to do. I do it because it sounds cool. And it is cool for me.