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Demotivated, how can I overcome this issue?
Im my aim here is to learn everything i need to know to be able to become a wordpress theme developer but i keep hitting issues. This demotivates me and i end up giving up for a day or two and i end up doing something else like playing Xbox or something. This isn't good as it is making my progress slow. www.dan-croft.com/fruition this is what i am currently working on and im just not happy with how its going at all.
What do you guys do when you feel demotivated, what makes you carry on
Spen Taylor13,027 Points
But seriously, when I hit a wall with something and have absolutely had enough, I tend to do the same - xbox! but lately I've just tried to focus on a different project for a day or too, or a different topic - keeps you productive but gives your mind a rest from whatever issue you've been struggling with.
Last week I had a PHP issue that took me 4 days to nail - I swear I could feel my brain hurting by the 3rd day so I took a rest and worked on the site I'm building for my dad's 'business'. I went back to the original project on day 4 and nailed the code!
There definitely comes a time when you need to rest or else you'll burn out, but rest doesn't always have to mean less productivity!
Greg Jones7,451 Points
I try to remember that I have debt to pay.
Write down your goals in life and find what you need to do to get you there. For me it's paying my debt from college so that I can start a family and buy a house, so I'm constantly looking to increase my professional skills. It's hard to stay motivated at something it isn't working towards a passion/goal.
I'm sure you'd have an easier time sticking to something if it had deep rooted purpose :)
Greg Jones7,451 Points
I understood what I was getting into with the aeron. We use them at work. I wouldn't suggest diving into something like that without understanding it quite well first.
Sounds like you're getting too close with the website for his company. One thing I tell our other developers a lot is, "Make it work, then make it pretty." You might benefit from an interative development on the site. Get something into existence first, even if you think it's bad. Then start working on improving it. You aren't going to go start from A to Z without a few stops along the way :)
If you don't mind some reading along the way, I'd suggest reading 'Your Brain at Work' by David Rock. It helped me realize a lot of obstacles that were getting in my way. I'd also suggest just deleting the Facebook if it's that much of an issue for you. I did and I haven't looked back. Maybe even just post to twitter, not look at the feeds?
You can always say you're too weak to do something. But you can just as easily disable/delete your account. Think of it as starting a new adventure if you need. I know I appreciate whats around me a lot more when I don't think of what Sussy or Billy are doing with their day.
They say that in learning stock market trading, practicing with paper money only teaches so much. It's hard to learn how to manage emotions unless real money is involved, unfortunately.
I think the same can be said about learning to write websites. These days my motivation is seeing my bank account total draining away because I still haven't learned enough for people to pay me for writing a website.
That whole --if you treat it like a hobby it will remain no more than a hobby-- thing.
Chase Lee29,275 Points
If you have passion for this you'll go through it very easily.
But if you don't then finding a project to do will help, when you want to add something to it that you don't know how to do, you find it and learn it.
Another thing is balance in learning these things.
If you just keep on trying to do something that's harder to wrap your head around then take a break and learn something else that's easier or just less boring than what your doing right now,(that dosen't mean that it will be less boring all the time), cause if you don't then your head will explode!
Basically just try a bunch of different things and find what fits you.
Brendan O'Brien9,066 Points
Daniel Croft-Bednarski, you story sounds similar to mine in so many ways. One good thing is that you are on the right track. Understanding what your distractions are and what motivates you is a big help. I often spend hours mindlessly looking through Google+ or facebook and not even realise it until a couple hours went by. One way around this is I've set myself a timer.
So I set the timer for 45 minutes and I work for that length of time. Maybe it's a project or watching some treehouse lessons, or practicing drawing, or working on a tutorial. Once the 45 minutes is up I set it again for 15 minutes. I then have 15 minutes to check my email, get a snack, check Facebook. Whatever. The trick is having a time limit. Once the timer goes I set it for another 45 and get back to work.
It doesn't always work. Today I haven't been setting it and I've wasted most of the day. But now after seeing your post and talking about it I'm going to set it :)
Good luck with your adventure.
David Mazza1,253 Points
This happens to me all the time. I want to work on some app functionality, but it is less important than a bunch of other stuff I need to do first.
Instead of worrying about the frustrations you have with wordpress, try designing a static HTML/CSS page just for fun. Maybe even pretend it is a blog. You could even delete it at the end of the day. All that matters is that you exercised your design muscle, which is totally separate from your Wordpress skills.
Avoid getting bogged down in problems that you don't need to deal with just to get some practice.
Timothy Boland18,237 Points
I tend to go for a drive or a walk to clear my head and think about the problem in a different environment then where the problem exists. Surprisingly this helps alot; for some reason, I can think outside of the box when im not staring at the problem at my desk.