“Yeah! As long as I can carve out 15 minutes a day, I’ll be able to learn how to code…”

I realized that was all I needed. I have been debating on leaning how to code for a while. It was an ongoing tennis match in my head because I knew it would be hard for me to successfully tackle this, especially in my 30’s.

Learning how to code is extremely important in today’s age, but it will become a necessity as time goes on. Not only that, but automation and coding go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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My buddy Adam tried to convince me to start coding and my immediate response in my head was, “I don’t have time for this stuff!.” I started thinking about how I would squeeze this additional task in with my other list of priorities:

  • Newborn baby
  • Stressful job
  • Spending time with my wife
  • Working on 2 side businesses
  • Family members wanting to come visit the baby
  • Writing blog posts of course

Like anything else, as long as I could make small progress every day, I would be successful in my new journey of learning how to code.

I started to think, “How can I automate this?”

I then realized that I could make coding my #2 priority.

Why would it be my #2 priority? Well. Uh. I’m…a bit embarrassed to say that I now practice a coding app while I go #2 each day.

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This gives me the opportunity to automate (multitask) these activities together so I can capitalize on my routine bathroom break each day. I now have this time slot dedicated to coding and I always have a chance to polish up my skills.

I have received multiple reactions to my routine. Yes, it is very odd, but when you gotta code, you gotta code!

There are many apps that help people learn how to code, but the app that I have been using is called Code Academy. This app is like a coach, that walks you through exercises each day to keep you constantly improving.

Right now I have the html basics under my belt and I am also working on Python. My goal is to start some developer projects soon so I can get my portfolio going. Ultimately, I want to use my knowledge of Python to help me automate tasks with software and hardware (more automation projects to come!).

Here are some of the popular coding apps to help you with your coding journey:

Encode    Tynker    CodeHub    Khan Academy    Solo Learn    Programming Hub

Ready – Set – Automate!

Let’s start today:

  1. Start keeping up with technology changes by learning with Code Academy
  2. Choose a time to practice each day so the routine is scheduled each day
  3. Find other resources to help you start new coding projects

 

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