Hi, I started this course about 2 weeks ago, and I have to say it’s been amazing so far in what it’s done for me.
I’m not working on a game project right now. I guess you could say getting the skills to make a VR game is my “big hairy audacious dream”. Making a VR game has almost been a life long dream of mine, ever since I saw a TV program about future advances in computer technology when I was about 9-10 years old, and it featured a mock representation of what VR might be like. WOW The future! I’ve just turned 50 btw, so it was quite a while ago. Been a life long gamer since the age of 7 and whilst “Doom” and “Half Life” were pretty mind blowing when they came along, the promise of VR has always seemed like a distant dream. Anyway, life never quite takes you on the path you would like, but I’m here now and so is VR!
With that in mind, right now most of my “projects” are getting down to it and doing some courses and learning the fundamentals. Getting the foundations in place and learning to walk before you can run etc. So I’ve started a beginners C++ course as a first step. A good friend of mine is a C# programmer, so maybe a wiser course of action would have been to opt for that language instead, but I’ve made my choice and for now I’m sticking to it.
If it isn’t already obvious, I’m doing the “Finish It!” course because I’m a grade A procrastinator. The odd bouts and spells of depression don’t help either. Is one the cause of the other? Probably a bit of both. Some of it is unavoidable, but I think there is a lot that can be mitigated by getting out of the habits of procrastination, and the fear of failure. Yet another failure in a seemingly long list of regrets. I’ve had my successes and wins, things I’ve wanted to do and learnt how to do them. But we only ever seem to focus on the things we didn’t do. The dreams started, but left unfinished and unfulfilled. Time to put an end to that and try and rewire my brain to think more positively. And actually, you know, getting stuff done, really helps with that. There is nothing worse than being caught in between the “work, don’t work” choice, and spending an entire weekend neither working nor enjoying yourself, stupefied and numb in a fug of guilt, in a grey limbo state, sucking down endless YouTube videos like a zombified citizen from a dystopian future shock story (I wonder if they can cause you to explode, like an overdose of blipverts?). And then you have done literally nothing all weekend. Nothing!
The course so far has been great and has made a difference already even at this early juncture. So re the topic title (and I do realise I’ve veered a bit off the topic up there, getting back to it now though), I’m at the end of Section 3, just started Section 4, where we ask someone to be our “Accountability Buddy”. That was a tough one to be sure. Certainly for me anyway. But I committed and I did it. It’s way out of my comfort zone and something I would never really dream of doing myself, but I really want this to work, so… Anyway, so I asked my good mate the C# programmer, and he said yes! He even recommended a few books and things that helped him get motivated. So, result!
So the thing I need a bit of advice on (I know, I’m finally getting to the point), is how to make this work?
So I’m doing a C++ course and I’m going to commit to doing 12 hours a week on it. I figure I tell him what I’m going to be doing for the next 2 weeks and then he checks in with me to see how things have gone. But there needs to be “accountability” of course. I dare say we’re both a bit too old and mature for engaging in somewhat, shall we say, juvenile frat house style forfeits. So I’m looking for advice from anyone who’s using this system and would like to know what’s working for them.
The other aspect of this, is that I’m guessing this whole process relies on both parties being completely honest with each other. Or do you have methods of being able to check on whether your buddy has been true to their word?
Basically, how have you got the “Accountability Buddy” system to work for you? (Probably could have just put that up the top of the page couldn’t I?)
Anyway most of the course has been great so far. I’m still kind of shocked at the results it’s produced so far. I was a bit skeptical going in, but it’s been what I need. A detailed step by step guide, and most importantly of all, the “Pause the video and do this now!” prompts. Verily a man who knows procrastinators.
As I’ve said I’m not really working on a project right now and the courses I’m doing, like this one, are quite linear in their progression. So some of the project management parts feel a little surplus to my requirements right now. Although I am trying to implement them in a basic fashion, A: to see what works for me and B: when things do start to become more complex and multifaceted, I’ll be ready to start using that side of it.
I know that after the initial rush of enthusiasm, it can quickly wane, but whilst I still have the wind in my sails I aim to make the most of it, and hopefully by the end of the course I’ll have the tools and strategies to keep momentum going when that does happen.
I don’t know if you still poke head in here from time to time Rick, but if you do, thanks man, big time!