What I’d encourage you to do is take an inventory of things that you spend time on consistently. Perhaps you prepare a daily position report, or a weekly report on risk limits. I’d focus on the project that you spend the most time that seems like it is not that complicated (if you can do it in Excel, it is not that complicated).
In doing that, you’ll get a sense for loops, functions, etc. You may already have this with your 10 hours. But just getting some sloppy code to automate part of your work. Once you have that thing automated, then you can start seeing the power by learning some computer science concepts and leveraging that work elsewhere. This is a great talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpFZUshKypk) and this is a great book (https://www.amazon.com/Pragmatic-Programmer-journey-mastery-Anniversary/dp/0135957052)
For example, say there is a report that relies on generating PowerPoint with graphs. Well once you get the prototype working, you spend a little extra time and make a Python module that takes any analysis you do and creates a PowerPoint deck. Now every report you do can be turned into a PowerPoint with just a few lines of code (there are lots of lines of code to generate the powerpoint, but you wrote that and now just rely on it like an Excel plugin. You only mess with it to add features or improve it)
I have a friend who works at a commercial bank with one of the lowest efficiency ratios in the country in risk management. That means that of all banks, they have among the lowest cost structure relative to their revenue. And even in his job, he has taken some reports (such as daily liquidity reporting) that used to take hours a day and automated them. And he hasn’t even learned what a loop or a function is.
I also started out hiring freelancers on Upwork. Sometimes I just didn’t have the time to figure out how to generate a PowerPoint slide myself, because I had other work tasks. So I’d pay some guy in Russia $20 to build me a prototype. I learn from his example, expand it, etc. I think it is a very affordable way to learn quickly and avoid spending hours trying to find how you should approach the problem. When starting out, it can be overwhelming since you can solve any problem 20 ways in code.
I’m two years in now and it’s amazing the progress I’ve made. I get reminded of it each time I open ancient code I wrote when I first started (yikes!)
Feel free to DM me if you have specific projects you want to talk about and I can let you know how easy or hard it would be.