How to turn coding into a habit and maintain it?

Content-Coverage: The Art of Mastering Coding Skills | Building the Habit of Coding | The Four Stages of any Habit | Start small | Complete a Project | Take up a Challenge |

Over these years, programming has become a hot topic and has become a lifestyle. Slowly programming is becoming an essential skill not only for developers but for everyone. Many companies even recruit people who haven’t even attended a university if they possess programming expertise. 

 

The Art of Mastering Coding Skills

To become an expert in coding software, you should start doing it right away! One cannot master any skill without practicing. Practice not only makes something perfect but also makes it permanent. So, build a habit for coding, and that habit will make you reach better heights. 

Building the habit of coding

How do you build a habit of coding and maintain it? 

Keep in mind that you should be determined and practicing. To become an excellent coder, you should be someone who practices coding skills with determination and consistency. Remember, excellence is not an act, but it is an outcome of the habits formed over the years.

The Four Stages of any Habit

Any habit formation consists of four stages, and people attain these stages in due course of time through practice.

  • Cue – activates your mind to start a behavior or a habit. (Setting up an ideal coding environment that you love)
  • Cravings – act as the force that motivates you to initiate a task. (Getting promoted would bring you more money and respect)
  • Response – the actual piece of work or behavior you perform. (Allotting a time block to develop your coding skills)
  • Rewards – the prize for all the effort you’ve put in. (Completion of your project, getting a promotion)

 

To sum it up, the cue activates a craving, which stimulates a response. The response comes up with a reward that satisfies the craving. This reward is associated with the prompt (Cue) that causes you to begin the habit, thereby forming a continuous loop.

Start small. 

So now, how do you start building your coding habit? Does that happen in a matter of hours? No, never.

Behavior changes require high levels of self-motivation. To sustain such high levels of motivation is not always possible. So, start small. Start building tiny habits so that you can make the new one as easy as possible in the beginning. 

Start with something small to do. Try figuring out the cause of a little bug in your code or add an improvement you would like. Starting a habit is the hard part. Continuing is relatively easy.

Understand what coding is about

To become an expert coder, you should realize that programming is not about typing out code. Programming is something more than that. It deals more with problem-solving, and it is the essence of programming. Choosing the best solution, using the best code structure, and optimizing code is what programming needs.

Complete a project

Choose a project that you are interested in, and start building it. When you do it for your passion, you are likely to do it most efficiently. It could motivate you to do more and make programming a habit.

Take up a challenge

Take up challenges like the ‘100 Days of Code Challenge’ to develop your habit of coding. You may even take up your 21-day challenge, 1-month challenge, etc. Taking up such challenges motivate you to maintain the streak. As a result, you will find yourself writing code every day, and it eventually becomes your habit.

 

To conclude, it is all about your mindset and how motivated you are. Every expert was also a beginner initially. They made it through untiring efforts and constant practice. If you follow such methods, you too shall excel. Remember, it is okay to fail. But one should learn from failures and move on through the path of success.



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