Achieving your Coding Goals this 2021

Hi everyone, it’s me, Yiz.

It feels so good to be in 2021 at last :sweat_smile:
But I’m not gonna lie to you, I wouldn’t say 2020 was the worst year of my life. I learned many things last year.

Anyways, it’s already 2021! You probably have already written down a few goals for this year. But right now I want to talk about your coding goals. I have learned many things the hard way that have helped me be more productive and reach my goals, and today I though I’d share them with ya’ll.
Hopefully some of you find these helpful :star2:

1. Set measurable goals

Don’t be ambiguous with the goals you set, otherwise, at the end of the year you won’t be able to tell if you truly achieved your goal or not. You gotta make sure you can measure your progress. A good goal example for this would be “Complete 50% of the Full Stack Career Path”. You can literally see the progress bar moving as you complete lessons, projects, etc.
But also don’t get frustrated if you don’t see that progress bar moving. Take your time to fully understand concepts. At the end of the day, that 50% in the progress bar won’t be meaningful at all if you forget everything you learned.

2. Be constant
I learned this the hard way. I used to leave all my work for the last minute, thinking “Oh, I still have time. This won’t really take me that long.”. But you’re setting these goals as your 2021 goals, not as your December goals. You do have a lot of time: 1 whole year. But you have to use it. You could try to set a daily or weekly reminder to work towards your goal. Maybe start small, dedicate 10mins of your time every day to work on you goal. Then increase the time you work on it.
The key here is to be constant.

3. Make a plan
Like I just said, you have a whole year to work towards your goals. But do you know exactly what has to be done in order to achieve these goals? Maybe you don’t have a full roadmap of how to get to your goal, but you at least have to know what are the first steps you gotta take.
Try making a list (or better yet, a mind-map) of the steps you gotta take in order to achieve your goal.
This will help you stay realistic: maybe there are way too many things you gotta do to achieve a particular goal, so it would be better not to pressure yourself to finish it in only one year. Or maybe you thought it would be more work than it will actually be.

4. Remember: Why are you doing this?
Don’t run without knowing where you’re going or why you are running. You’ll only end up tired, frustrated and dissatisfied.
Take a moment to sit down and think:

Is this what I really want to do?
Why do I want to do this?

Remember to be completely honest with yourself.
Whenever you lack motivation to keep going, remember why you started it all in the first place.

5. Enjoy the journey
Last but not least. You’ll be truly satisfied in the end when you have achieved your goal, but right now you’re living in…well, the present. Enjoy the process of getting there. You’ll learn a lot. And sometimes, the journey is even better than the finish line.

And remember to take a break whenever you need it.

I hope at least some of my non-sense rambling helped you out :see_no_evil:

See you around :slight_smile: