Event Handlers in Check Yo Self

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Since starting Check Yo Self a month ago, I have been at a loss as to what the logic should be, how to register click event handlers with jQuery, basically everything I learned the past two years, I drew a blank on 1.

This baffled me. How could I know so much when talking to others, when learning and watching countless tutorials, but actually draw a blank when it came time to work on the logic?

Meditation, Deep Work, and the Ability to Focus

I had a lot of ideas. A lot. I wasn’t writing them down 2. I was also suffering from the paralysis of choice and impostor syndrome. All of these ideas, everything I know, and the fear I had in building this caused a slump in production, where I focused mainly on the HTML and CSS, which is nothing 3.

I would sit there, dumbly looking at the app.js file like, what do I do? What do I do?

I took a bit of a break and thought about it. I started meditating, getting rid of distractions like Facebook 4, and really started thinking about what was happening.

Enter The Whiteboard

So as I was writing this article, I was thinking about how I was going to explain my recent thought process. My thought process is a bit scattered; lots of things to think about when shipping a product, and lots of JavaScript-y things to think about to get your app running.

I stood up to get a bite to eat, walk around, when I stood in front of the whiteboard and all the ideas came flooding back to me.

I picked up the marker and started thinking of how to register a button click, what event handlers I need after the button click, how to store the text documents, and a few other jQuery-y things.

I ended up with this:

I finally put it to good use. Mighty crooked, though.
I finally put it to good use. Mighty crooked, though.

There isn’t a whiteboard big enough to fit all my ideas on 5. I know about event handlers, jQuery, and most vanilla JavaScript.

But I have some working code and pseudocode to sift through.

I added the whiteboard picture to Evernote and will probably add it to Quiver just to make it more programmer-like.


  1. I have notes but not for everything. It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway. 
  2. Still guilty of this. 
  3. I feel I need to quantify this: nothing for someone of my skill-level and experience though CSS is changing rapidly and I am learning as I go. 
  4. Still on it, though. I am in some really great groups. I also have a Facebook brand page for my other blog. I deleted all the apps and have a block on my mobile and desktop browsers for pretty much all day until evening, when I am most likely to browse it. 
  5. Or my apartment for that matter. 

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