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Apr 16, 2019 23:55:31

Carving time to improve my skills

by @chrisdeuda PATRON | 343 words | 🐣 | 132πŸ’Œ

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It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in learning new technologies when I start freelancing. Most of my time spent on working on clients projects and doing a lot of administrative work + some hobby projects. I hate to admit it that my skills got a little bit rusty in coding and I didn’t learn any tech for a while.

This tends to always happen when I’m too focused on whatever project I’m working. It occupies a lot of mental space in my mind. Plus my brain gets lazy to sit down and learn new things.

When you are freelancing it was too easy to put all of your time in your clients' projects and we tend to forget to sharpen our knife. Even though I’m in the tech industry it feels I was a little bit left behind with the new trends.

To take action on this, last week I’ve already started blocking my evening to online courses that I’m taking to upgrade my skills. This is something that I will be doing for the next 12 months. Kinda like me time to do your own thing. The last time that I’ve to do it is that I’ve only lasted 1 month and 15 days on #100DaysOfCoding since I’ve got a short Remote works last year.

P.S. Note to self: I know there is an incoming trend about building your MVP with ’No Code’ and you don’t need to learn a framework to build your own products. This advice sound really good when you want to validate your ideas quickly. But if your bread and butter are actually in tech as a software engineer or developer this will be a bit of dangerous advice since your current income is base on the ability to solve the problem with the code. And upgrading skills from time to time will surely help you keep afloat in the job market.

As much as I always fantasizing about entrepreneurship and startups and building my own thing. It was a good strategy to first to have a good amount of savings.

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    @chrisdeuda Dude, I am 100% in the same position as you. I've been freelancing a lot and haven't been making time for my own personal development. I've got a massive list of udemy courses that I bought and haven't completed. But over the last few weeks I've started chipping away -- You know what's funny, I really think since starting 200 words a day it's made me realise that I just shouldn't bite off more than I can chew. I gotta take it slow and be in it for the long term. I've had a couple of big burnouts over the past few years where I've just worked far too much for other people and that never put me in the right headspace to work on my own things. But, I want that all to change this year, and I'll definitely write about it more too πŸ˜€

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Apr 23, 2019 21:32:27
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      @jacklyons It seems this was really common pain for us when we start freelancing. As much as I love the flexibility of time of freelancing and working on your own phase this bites me at the back 'cause working on clients projects took almost all of my time 'cause it was hard to shut down when my brain still trying to align the pixels or any problem that I'm stuck on.

      My workaround with this is I start to treat is a 9-5 where I have a specific time where I will work on a clients project and there is an end time. Whatever I've done before 5 pm is okay and I need to wrap up my work and start listing down for next action tomorrow so that I will not think about it when I do other things. It seems this works really well for me since knowing that I have really limited time into clients makes me finish the task quickly with full attention. Rather than spreading the work in a whole day.

      Looking forward to your post about it.

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | Apr 26, 2019 20:11:13
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