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What do you do when you get frustrated while learning to code?
- Shut down in anger.
- Take a break and come back.
- Keep banging your head on the wall nonstop.
If you're honest
And you're like most, it's likely 1.
What about 3? Maybe you think people who go with 3 are not smart. Okay, what if you take on 3 with full force until it works?
If I asked you, what you think is the most appropriate response when frustrated, you'd likely say (2). But let me propose something slightly different.
It's a mixture of all 3.
It's fine to shut down
But make sure your shutdown is temporary so you get back to your work.
It's okay to take a break. But sometimes, a break can turn into a long distraction, which then becomes
“I don't feel like going back to this again”
And banging your head – sometimes banging your head on the wall a little longer is what you need.
It's best to do this a little before taking a break.
Focused vs. diffused modes
Research in Neuroscience explains this as the ”focused” phase followed by a ”diffused” phase. You focus intensely (head banging moment), which in turn leads to frustration. Maybe anger.
Then you step away.
So it's not just taking a break.
It's a mix of all to level yourself up to mastery.
The next time you feel frustrated
Remind yourself that you're actually in the process of mastery.
- Acknowlege your frustration.
- Push yourself some more.
- Then take a break.
Practice this long enough and you'll see drastic changes.
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