🍅Year End Summary 2019

January 01, 2020 - 5 min read 🍵🍵🍵

Tags: pomodoro

Now that 2019 is officially over, I felt that a year end summary would be a good post to have.

In May, I created this blog to keep me accountable for my journey and wanted to document my progress with programming.

My initial interest in programming started from automating a part of my job using Excel. Ever since, I’ve been dedicating 2019 to learning new technologies to gain the skills to be a web developer.

Tracking my time and progress has been important in identifying my strengths and weaknesses, thus, allowing me to re-organize my efforts in learning. I have been using the Pomodoro Technique to monitor my productivity and manage my time.

As someone who loves to finding ways to constantly improve, learning effectively has been one of my top goals. This technique has helped improve my study habits and achieve my goals. I know I still have a long way to go and I will continue my path as lifelong learner.

🍅2019 Pomodoro’s

Total of 696 Pomodoro’s, equivalent to 17400 minutes (290 hrs) of focused time for 2019.

Year Summary

MonthStatusSummary
🍅January🔥React and Java
🍅February🧯React and Java
🍅March🧯Java
🍅April🧯Burned out programming with full-time job
🍅May🔥🔥Resigned to start journey
🍅June🔥🔥Productivity and momentum still doing well
🍅July🏥💊Health issue - blog creation
🍅August🏥💊Recovery
🍅September🏥💊Recovery - Surgery
🍅October🏥💊Recovery - Surgery
🍅November🔥🔥Productivity back to normal
🍅December🔥🔥Productivity back to normal

📃2019 Accomplishments

✅Learned how to use Git and Github for version control
✅Learned Java with Android Development as side hobby
✅Learned HTML and CSS
✅Created a blog with React and Gatsby
✅Completed Modern JavaScript 2019
✅Completed Nodejs Developer course
✅Completed The Ultimate Excel Programmer Course from Udemy
✅Automated a process at my job at The Woodbridge Group

Reflection

In the beginning of 2019, I decided to learn how to make applications and started with android for a bit, I quickly realized it was very difficult because I had to learn Java on top of the android studio developer kit. I became overwhelemed and found that developing web applications was easier to learn.

I quickly burned out after the initial motivation from January; Pomodoro’s were supposed to keep me focused but I had no energy left after work. I noticed when you’re staring at the computer all day for work, the last thing you want to do is have your eyes glued to the monitor when you’re at home.

Ultimately, I made the decision to resign to free up time and energy from a position that no longer aligned with my career goals.

I jumped into React after learning HTML and CSS. I knew enough React to start playing with Gatsby and read through the documentation to start my blog. I was missing the fundamentals with JavaScript so I decided to back peddle by taking a JavaScript modern bootcamp and then a Nodejs course to iron out any missing knowledge.

The Highs and Lows

Unfortunately, a month after my resignation I was hit with a terrible infection which left me unable to focus for months.

After four exhausting months of recovery, taking 9 courses of antibiotics, 4 different opioids and having 2 surgeries, I stuck with my Pomodoro process to build momentum and managed to complete two online courses and create my personal blog using Gatsby.

The most important lesson I’ve learned this year is that things will never go according to plan and life just gets in the way. There are factors outside of our control and we’ll just have to find a way to deal with them.

Despite being through a lot of physical pain and mental exhaustion, I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with hardships. I found that being healthy is a blessing and that it’s usually taken for granted until you become sick.

2020 Goals

✨Hoping my body doesn’t fail me
✨Finish my MERN course - Full-stack developer course (overview of tech stack)
✨Finish algorithms and data-structure course from Frontend Masters
✨Build a few personal applications from scratch
✨Create a new personal portfolio
✨Find employment in 2020🤞


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