How learning to code helped me

By Margarida Medina Costa | Project Manager at Monday

Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.

Stephen Hawking

Until then, the only code I knew was self-taught from previous working experiences, such as email marketing, developing websites and managing the design and web design teams.

Everyone in this country should learn to program a computer because it teaches you to think.

Steve Jobs

I have always been a focused person, but this experience made me understand my thinking process better and how to deal (in a better way) with challenges. If you are learning how to code, you also know that feeling when you find that missing comma and your project starts to work. For me, this “I made it” feeling is the best.

0. Don’t Panic!

The motto for the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy” (one of my favorite books and movies) applies here: take a deep breath and think how far you have come.

1. Understand the issue

Do you remember answering a test in school?

2. Make a plan

To me, making a plan is the best tool to avoid panicking. I start by writing down a list of what I need to do (or try to map my problem) and then the possible solution.

3. Divide and conquer

Do you still remember step 0? Exactly: don’t panic.

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