No fancy intro this time. It’s the end of the year and we all know what that means. Here’s some ideas on a coders new years resolutions for 2019:
Join the #301DaysOfCode Movement or the #100DaysOfCode Movement
I’m adding both of these at the start, since I realize committing to something for 301 days may seem a little daunting at first. There is, however, no reason to not start out with both of them at once, since they have pretty much the same rule set:
- Code a minimum of an hour every day for the next 100/301 days.
- Tweet your progress every day with the #100DaysOfCode and/or #301DaysOfCode hashtag and the day number.
Here’s an example on how to do both from my friend Charlie on Twitter:
— Mota (@carlosermota) December 19, 2018
The movements themselves represent one of the greatest opportunities ever afforded to junior and upcoming developers. This is because you get to hone your skills for months at a time while also getting to network every day inside an amazing community. The recognition is also very nice too.
And there is no end to success stories, like that of my friend Ellie:
Both #100DaysOfCode and #301DaysOfCode are not limited to new developers either. Seasoned developers can also take the opportunity to learn technologies and skills they may not have gotten around to otherwise. Or perhaps even work on projects that you’ve been meaning to for ages.
So, if you’re interested on honing your skills while joining one of the fastest growing communities, you can start by committing to the challenges here.
Find Remote Work and become a Digital Nomad
I’m adding this one to the mix since it was my new years resolution 2 years ago. And while I nailed the Remote Work part, becoming a digital nomad is still on my list.
Remote Work is one of the best perks that any company can give you, and these days I only take projects that allow me to continue this lifestyle. And becoming a Digital Nomad is the logical next step to achieving ultimate freedom. Traveling the world while getting to do what you love is simply too good to pass on.
I have gone into detail about the perks of living like this, but let me summarize:
- You choose how to spend your downtime. No more being stuck at the office with nothing to do.
- Your office can be anywhere. And yes, you’re going to want to bring your camera. And your orange drink.
- No commute.
- You can spend more time with your loved ones.
- The world becomes your oyster.
And while it is quite a difficult perk to come by, it’s also getting more common every year. Businesses around the world are starting to realize the benefits of being able to choose their star players from everywhere around the world.
And that could be you this year.
If you’re interested in some of my advice on this, I wrote about my story on Interviewing Around the World for a Remote Job. Wish you the best, and may we run into each other some day.
Work on that personal project you’ve been meaning to.
Seems like I’m only giving you guys ideas on things that used to be my new years resolutions. But I mean, writing is a thing, and you can only write about things you know about. So I’m giving you the advice that helped me out the most.
My personal project was starting a blog. This blog in particular. Yours may be to learn dancing, or a new language, the important thing is to pick something that your heart can resonate to. And what do you do then? You stick to it for as long as your heart still enjoys it.
When it comes to blogging tho, it can be a one way ticket to fame for some people. But the golden tickets are few and far between, so I’d recommend picking this as your new years resolution only if you’re passionate about it.
Choosing to work on your passion needs to be a selfish endeavor. For example, I do it because I feel like a pretty cool dude doing so. But it’s also because getting to help others from time to time makes me a very happy man.
If you are passionate about something and you truly believe in yourself tho, you’ll be surprised as to how far you can go. Me having this blog has been the deciding factor for more than a few interviews I’ve been a part of. And it allowed me to meet some of the best people the world.
It’s a new year, why not give your dreams a chance?
Get Out of your Comfort Zone
This new years eve resolution is kind of vague for a reason: Your comfort zone is something that only you know. So I’d like you to replace it with one that is particularly relevant to yourself. But, in this context, I’m specifically referring to the professional aspect of your life.
Here’s some ideas:
- If you’re a Front End Developer, take a few courses on design principles, or even try designing a couple of screens. Your work will improve because of this.
- If you’re a designer, do the opposite and get your hands and feet wet on some programming. You’ll discover the limits of what you can create on a screen, and be able to craft better experiences.
- Senior level engineers will find a lot of value in trying to manage a team for a particular project.
- And of course, everyone could use having a go at some testing.
The important thing is that you pick something that can complement your skill set. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find your true calling.
So, what do you think? Have any more ideas for new years resolutions? Post them in the comments below. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter if you’re interested in seeing more. And see you all next year.