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
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:
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.
- I have notes but not for everything. It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway. ↩
- Still guilty of this. ↩
- 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. ↩
- 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. ↩
- Or my apartment for that matter. ↩