The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Have you heard about the Hour of Code project sponsored by Code.org?
It’s a campaign anchored in the schools, that is aimed at getting students (and really anyone) to make a small stab at learning code. And while the kick-off was in December, the Hour of Code continues to be a resource for anyone who wants to give it a try!
Here’s a quick overview, from the article by Rip Empson titled Code.org: 2 Weeks And 600M+ Lines Of Code Later, 20M Students Have Learned An “Hour Of Code”:
On December 9, Code.org kicked off a new, nationwide campaign called the “Hour of Code,” which asked teachers across the U.S. to help introduce their students to the basics of computer science through the organization’s coding programs and tutorials. Timed in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, the campaign has sought to change the perception of Computer Science in the American education system — chief of which is the fact that, today, 9 out of 10 schools in the U.S. do not offer computer science classes.
The very powerful time management skill in play here is that of taking a daunting task and chunking it down into small, doable bites (or bytes, in this case).
Writing code actually lends itself quite well to this format; and the benefits are quickly apparent, so there’s an excellent incentive to continue the process. Indeed, my VA, when I told her about this project, was very interested and has been exploring the lessons and tools in her spare time!
Here’s a video overview of the project that captures the intent, as well as the excitement, of the enterprise. When a task can be made small enough to feel accessible, then stepping into it becomes easy!
To make it even more fun, here’s Bill Gates explaining “If Statements”:
And here’s Mark Zuckerburg explaining repeat loops …
Have you ever had any interest in writing code? If you’re like me, that may not be something that attracts you. BUT, the time management skill that this project illustrates is a powerful and practical tool that you can use for ANY task you want to accomplish.
So, here’s to chunking things down into small bytes – and to your time success!
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