My Daily Routine
Cafe Browny. Every single day, I would walk a block from my home to this cafe and stay there to study for hours on end. And sometimes, I left at closing (at 11PM). For me, getting out of the house to go to Cafe Browny was supposed to simulate having an actual job and commuting to it (even though it was only a block away). I wanted to adopt a mindset of leaving a comfortable space to go somewhere not as comfortable and being okay with that. Plus, I also made some new friendships with the baristas and got to know them and learn more about them and their lives. Now they know, I drink my coffee black with no sugar with a french vanilla muffin or a banana-chip muffin. It depends on the day.
Study. I studied and practiced coding as if my life depended on it, which it did. On average, I stayed at the cafe for 8–12 hours. However, it wasn’t about how much or how long I studied but it was about how well I studied. The longer I stayed away from home inside this cafe, the chances of me studying increased dramatically. Not only that, the chances of me reaching that zen-like focus, came more often inside an environment where I am more susceptible to keeping myself busy. As a result, I created a habit of coming to the cafe. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Gradually, I studied harder, stayed focused for a longer period and retained information better.