This assignment will be rather different, and probably quite relaxing: it mostly consists of watching non-technical videos providing all kinds of advice that may benefit you as a software developer and as a human.
The topics covered here will not be tested in an exam. But in case you need any motivation to take them seriously anyway: take another look at the title of this lesson. ☺
Motivation & discipline
Wisdomination - Screw motivation, what you need is discipline.
Part 1: Motivation is a counterproductive attitude to productivity. What counts is discipline.
Wisdomination - Practical discipline
Part 2: Tips on how to actually build discipline.
Elizabeth Cox - What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it?
The imposter syndrome is very, very prevalent among software developers. It's important that you recognize it as such.
TheSchoolOfLife - The Impostor Syndrome
Another interesting take on the imposter syndrome.
Depression & burn-out
Programmers and Depression: Why No One Talks About This and 8 Powerful Ways to Overcome It - article
Eight sensible things to do that may help you fight off oncoming depression.
Programmers and Depression: Why No One Talks About This and 8 Powerful Ways to Overcome It - video
Video version of the above article.
Our academy created a surprising useful website with information on all kinds of problems that may crop up during your studies, and links to Saxion facilities that may be of help.
PS: Why not take a short break now, if you haven't already? 😀
Programmers Should DEFINITELY Exercise (If You Don't Want To... DIE?)
A very convincing and actionable video about the three most cliche pieces of lifestyle advice.
How to Maximize Your Productivity (As a Software Developer or Learning Programming)
Three potentially very valuable tips for software developers.
Wikipedia - Pomodoro Technique
An online Pomodoro timer.
Learning to program
5 HUGE Tips For New Programmers
Getting and staying in the flow
Programmer Flow State: "In The Zone" Coding
This is why you shouldn't interrupt a programmer
A comic to make the point.
Tim Urban - Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
Funny and awfully recognizable explanation of procrastination. Especially the case of non-deadline procrastination, identified near the end of this video, may be an important life realization!