Oftentimes, people look at others who are labeled as “creative” as people who are more inclined to exercise their left brain — the part that controls the art and imagination — over their right, which is the portion that works with numbers and logic. Creative people get the rap that they aren’t very good with math or science, and therefore, they won’t be any good at anything that may have numbers involved. Take coding, for example; people tend to think that coding is for the mathematically inclined, or number-smart; but the truth is that just about anyone can learn coding. As a creative person, you might even find that you excel at it! Not convinced? There are a multitude of reasons why you should at least give it a shot — here are our reasons why we believe creative people could be great at coding:

First and foremost — you are creative.

It seems kind of redundant, but you, as a creative individual, have the ability to draw connections between things that others typically can’t. You may also find that you’re inspired by a variety of different, random things, and that can be a very big deal in the coding — and creative — world. You are an outside-of-the-box thinker, and that could bring forth some dazzling creations!

Creative people are very detail-oriented.

Just like creating a painting, a piece of music, or a form a writing, coding and programming takes a vast amount of detail — the more detailed the program or the project, the better. This will put your creativity to the test, as well. It’s your chance to get everything down just the way you want it, without having to worry about defaults or limitations.

Creative people are extremely passionate.

Not to say that right-brained people aren’t passionate — every human being has a right and a left brain, and so everyone is passionate about something — but creative people tend to throw themselves into their creations, rather than treat it like a regular 9-5 job. Once inspired, they can drive at their project until it’s perfectly well-done.

Coding in itself is a medium for art.

There are a countless number of classes dedicated to teaching artists how to use code to bring their own creations to life. Advanced coding and programming gives birth to the animations you see in a lot of video games, apps, and movies.

Can you think of other creative ways to utilize coding? Give us a shout out in the comments!

As a coder, there are a handful of things that you absolutely, one-hundred percent need to do the coding efficiently (besides your computer alone); and without them, it’s just not possible. So, rather than sending you on a hunt for vaguely named items, here is a list of five things you need to have before you start your coding journey:

1) Mechanical keyboard.

These keyboards are built with spring activated keys. They typically feel more comfortable than the rubber or plastic dome keyboards. Most gamers and coders prefer the mechanical keyboards due to their durability and how fast they run. Make sure to get yourself a backlit keyboard as well, for better lighting. They also look super cool.

2) Computer mouse.

These use something called a DPI, which stands for “dots per inch”; it’s just a measurement of how sensitive your computer mouse is. The higher the DPI, the more the cursor on the screen will move when touched — it reacts to even the smallest of movements. Some people prefer this, but there are computer mice that have lower DPI as well, which would require more movement to make the on-screen cursor move. Be sure to get a durable one, too; one that won’t need cleaned out often.

3) Computer chair.

While you can definitely use a chair you stole from the dining room, it isn’t recommended. Get yourself a chair with lumbar — that’s lower back — support. If at all possible, purchase a gaming chair, because those are built for people who spend a lot of time in them, so they have support in all the right places!

4) Wrist padding — preferably a gel.

The cloth kind will irritate your forearms if you have sensitive skin. These might not seem important, but you’ll quickly realize that, the more typing you do, the more tired your wrists will be. The constant strain will land you with early-onset carpal tunnel.

5) Sturdy desk.

Surprise! This is an important item that a lot of people will just fudge. You need to have a desk with enough space for your monitor — or monitors, if you’re dual-screening, your CPU, they keyboard, the wrist rest, AND give you ample room for your arms. It also needs to be the right height. Even if your computer chair can move up and down, if your desk is too high or too low, you will be bending your neck and ultimately find yourself stiff in the weeks to come.

With these five things, you’ll be ready to take on the coding world! Have chair suggestions? Keyboard you think work best? Drop them down in the comments and help out a fellow coder!

Everyone has those “days” — you know, when you wake up and everything is just instantly and horribly wrong. Could be that there’s a test you don’t feel prepared for, or a meeting you’re scared to attend, or maybe you just didn’t start your day off as healthily as you had hoped. They happen, and it’s okay to feel those kind of negative emotions, so long as they don’t become who we are. Usually, they’re preventable. How? Well, we’ll tell you, with these ways to start the day off right.

Get enough rest.

We understand that, in a world where things are always on the go, that it’s hard to get at least eight hours of sleep, but sometimes you just have to set aside the to-do list and go to sleep. Getting enough rest is probably one of the biggest and easiest things you can do to improve your mood and your all-around health — that’s mental, physical, and emotional health. Turn off the notifications on all electronic devices, throw on some sleepy tunes, turn out the lights, and get some shut-eye.

But also wake up on time.

Sleeping in is great… when you don’t have anything to do, so save it for the weekends or other days off; when you’re pressed for time, sleeping in is just not the thing you want to do if you want to be able to function for the rest of the time you need to be awake. If you’ve gotten enough sleep, then waking up at six every morning won’t be much of an issue.

Recite your mantra.

A mantra can be anything — but it has to be positive. It can be as simple as telling yourself: “I WILL get this task done, I WILL get that project finished, etc, etc, etc.” Or maybe your mantra is a list of good things in your life and why you get up every morning: “My dog, my cat, my mother…” Whatever it might be, it will put you in the right mindset before you set out to tackle whatever big test or crazy task you had to do that day.

Don’t forget to eat.

We might sound like your mother, but she has a point! You might be able to function without eating breakfast, but it will definitely give your brain the boost it needs to be happy and refreshed until your next meal. However, try to avoid really sweet things like donuts or sugary cereals, and avoid an overdose on starchy foods like bread and bagels. You’d be surprised at how far a bowl of yogurt and fruit will take you.

Lastly, give in to that mood music! Your favorite music will make the start to any day great — throw in ome upbeat jams and tackle the morning like a champion.

What do you do to start your day in the best possible way? Let us know in the comments!