Getting back into programming
Hey everyone. In short, I'm looking for some tips in order to get back into "programming mode" after a long hiatus.
In long, I started programming pretty young and got really into it for a good five or six years (focused on compiler design back then, main language was C++). After a while, I started getting progressively worse"burnout" and never really reenergized.... I eventually decided to switch my long-term planned college major from CS to Sociology (180*!) and haven't really touched a compiler for quite a few years (3 or 4 I'd guess). Anyways, now I'm in college as a Socy/Psyc major, but I've lately had some urges to get back into programming mode. I don't have any plans on programming as a career (hell, taking programming as a class in high school was part of the reason I 'quit;' didn't like being '"required" to program), but deep down I have a place for it as a hobby and want to rebuild and strengthen those neural pathways. The problem is, now I have real life to deal with; no more time for 10 hour programming binges, and I'm the type of person that needs to have a big block (like a whole day) of free time in order to get "in the zone..." I can't really do the whole "code half an hour before class, then half an hour during break...etc." So does anyone have any suggestions on how to get re-motivated to program with more demanding life-responsibilities? Thanks.