This ability is not a natural gift. You aren’t born with it and it’s not something you can “turn on.” It’s a skill that you can, and must, practice and train.
There are more open developer jobs than there are qualified developers to fill them. Companies are having trouble filling positions with any qualified developers, let alone (some Multiplier) X developers.
Most companies will knock down the door for a 10x developer but they’re happy hiring 5x, 2x, and even 1x developers.
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Programming is very much a creative pursuit. You’re creating something out of nothing, not with paint or words, but with code.
If you have any desire to produce at a high level, then you have to practice. You can get a lot better, in less time, if you make your practice more effective.
The quantity and quality of your output increase when you get better at being able to stay focused for longer, intentional periods.
Just because you’re doing something doesn’t mean it’s worth doing. You need to figure out what’s important and what’s not.
If you’re going to spend the time learning how to focus, then do it on something that has a high return for the effort involved.
The first thing to realize is that learning to focus isn’t easy. You’re not going to be able to start producing novels of quality code from the start. Especially if you’ve never dealt with the reality of how easily distracted you are.
Learning to focus requires practice. Anything that requires practice means its difficult. If it wasn’t, you’d be good at it by default.
Have you ever wondered what career opportunities a developer has? What directions are open, beyond what horizons to grow. And most importantly, where are developers beyond the age of 45? Is there a developer among your friends who is over 45? I know several developers beyond this age, and many of them are hardcore programmers who even saw punch cards back in the day.
When learning, there are times in which you are focused and times in which you allow your mind to wander. Both modes are valuable to allow your brain to learn something.
Take regular breaks, meditate, think about other things, and give yourself plenty of time in both modes.
You can use the Pomodoro Technique get into the state of flow: work for 25 minutes on a single task and then take a short break of 5 minutes. If you get in the habit of performing Deep Work in the morning, even for just half an hour, your work will rapidly compound over time. Focus on performing Deep Work, meaning you get to work free of distraction for a long time.
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