The Art of Planning

“Don’t think about the start of the race, think about the ending” – Usain Bolt

One common question, I’m receiving from most of my friends is

How you are managing your time to do these many things?

Actually, they meant how I’m being active in learning new tools, reading books, making progress in blogging, posting random pieces of stuff at social media and all.

I took this question seriously and planned to answer them all via this blog post.

Planning is the ultimate key to unlock these activities.

 

Why planning?

A couple of years back I too had the same set of questions on how to create an action plan and how to efficiently work on it.

I have started reading some books, watching some YouTube videos, and listening to other people stories on how they are managing time on personal life as well towards their passion.

I have written all good ideas I have collected from the various medium in a notepad.

Later, I have clearly picked up the items which suit me.

On most time management & goal settings stories, I have found one common habit or ground rule.

It’s PLANNING!

 

How I have prepared my action plan?

Then, I have come up with an idea to create an action plan. I have started listing all things I wished or dreamed to complete in next few weeks or months or years.

Once I have listed all the items I wish to do. It looks like a large list, kind of watching a horror movie at midnight.

Instead of making progress in all the items at the same time, I have come up with idea of

  • prioritizing
  • categorizing

I have started to prioritize the list based on Career growth and Personal growth from most to least important. (Kind of bubble sort, decided which bubbles I need to burst first)

After prioritizing, Its time for categorizing.

In my case, I have decided to Categorize my action plan based on what time frame I have to achieve it.

So, the categories will look like this

  • Long-term
  • Short term
  • Daily
  • Today

The long-term goal is something I planned to achieve in few years. Short term goal is the items I wish to cover in minimum one year. Daily goals are like checklist I should follow on daily basis. Today board is to plan for the day ahead.

Ultimately, my planning board looks like following

planning

I shall create a separate post on how I plan for the day ahead.

I used to keep this list on my desktop screen always using sticky notes options on my windows laptop.

Basically, I’m a sticky note lover. And below is my monitor screen filled with sticky notes 🙂

sticky_notes_overused

 

Next big step

We have planned everything, whats the next big step?

Executing

Yes! A very organized plan will help you to make consistent progress to reach your goal.

 

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And also Please comment your thoughts or share your ideas on planning in the comment section.

 

Happy planning!

 

 

A techie newbie?

Wow! Welcome to the tech field where you have lots of computers, servers, rolling chairs, ACs, etc. It may be a very hard task to transition from college to a job -a software developer. In spite the myths about this job, claiming to be the most paid job, most stressful job, most hair-fall job, most whatever job, it has its own pros and cons. Yet many of the myths are true, the hair-thing for example 🙂 Just kidding!

When you first step into this field, everything seems a little off and people keep on speaking, attending meetings, tapping the keyboard, etc and you don’t understand what they speak or why 😦 For two months you will be left alone, I mean you would struggle to make friends and acquaintances. People would stare at you as if you are from Kepler-1229b (an exoplanet) but as days go by, you begin to get along with the people around you. (i.e) You start to code.

When this process begins, you discover new languages, frameworks, and most importantly you will realize that StackOverflow is the greatest treasure you can have. And every time you try to stay cool, some bug would rise up from the code you wrote yesterday and dance before the QA Team. Your bad 😦

Even I’m new to this field. I have consolidated few tips that would make you feel better as a fresher in this job -the most paid job 🙂 Again kidding!!
This post is a bit lengthy, if you want a quick read, just skim through the bold letters.

Mistakes are OK:
Yup! You heard it. No one is perfect. A famous proverb says “Rome was not built in a day”. Perfection comes with practice and experience and they come with mistakes. When you commit a mistake, learn from it and try hard not to repeat it again. One of my favorite quotes -“I never fail, I learn”. Learn from the mistakes of your seniors as well.

Ask questions:
Being new to this field, everything will seem strange and weird. Open your mouth and ask questions if you are not clear about anything. People in the software field are kind. They will surely help you. Do not hesitate to ask a question that has knocked your throat. Just open your mouth and let it out.

Get Help from seniors:
Don’t feel shy to speak with them, they are also fellow human beings with an experience level greater than you. They would always be ready to help you out. Think them as your StackOverflow but do not disturb them often. This might lead them to avoid you, move to another cabin, find another job, etc. Who knows!! Just don’t disturb them with silly questions like “What is 1&&-1 ?”, “Visual Studio is not working, can you help me?”, you could Google it instead 🙂

Learn/Read/Practice:
I heard people in college say, “All this studying stuff, examinations, semesters will get over within the college, Once into a job, we are free, no exams, no learning, nothing”. My friend, this is not true and you know it. You have to keep on learning as the world moves fast, so does the technological advancement. Frameworks, languages they all mutate every day, make sure that you read a lot and keep your technology stack up-to-date.

Improve writing skills:
Don’t write stories in the comment/work-log. Be straight to the point you wanted to say. Did some changes to the code?? Commit message – “updated bug that was not fixed today”. This type of writing doesn’t help you. In this field, you will have to write a lot of comments, reply to emails, skype with people. Poor writing skills do not help.

Be precise/short and firm in words:
Speak right to the point and use the correct words. Once I was asked by my team lead at the beginning of my career -“What is AJAX ?” I had no idea what it was back then. I knew “A” was for asynchronous so I started with Asynchronous… JQuery… He said “Don’t bluff” 🙂 All I wanted to make clear is that, if you don’t know something –Don’t bluff 🙂

Be wise while you code:
Read about OOPS and try to implement them and make the code modular. Use efficient algorithms and do a thorough analysis before you get your hands dirty on the code. Understand why and how the code works and then begin your task.

Keep your passion along with you:
Not everyone has the same passion -coding. Each and everyone may have different hobbies and passion. Do not leave them untamed. Follow your passion. Coding is your profession, passion may be something else. When you feel bored or stressed, ignite your passion and feel the stress relieved.

And finally, Smile always 🙂
“Face is the index of mind”, radiate joy and confidence to the people whom you meet and talk with. A simple smile can brighten your day.

This is a field where you can develop your logical thinking, programming skills, ability to solve problems, communication skills, comprehending skills, etc. Make use of it. It may be hard in the beginning but as you get involved you will be drawn towards it and stress will stay away from you. For more posts on life skills, visit samuellawrentzz.wordpress.com

Happy coding!!