Action plans for developers
What Should I Focus On?
Your challenge for this article is to write a specific goal by filling in the sentence blanks. Then once you have acheived it, convert it into an example of your newly aquired skill.
Habit cards help you choose a meaningful habit goal, and track your progress towards acheiving it over the long-term. Each action is a vote for the kind of person you want to be.
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Your template article will help you write articles that follow a consistent style, so that you can focus on writing great content instead of worrying too much about structure.
User Persona Template
User personas are useful because they give you someone specific in mind to build programs or create content for. From writer personas to software-specific soap opera personas.
Monthly Wellbeing Wheel
Your wellbeing wheel will help you see which areas of your life you are most happy with, and which areas need a bit more work. We can use our wheel to create an action plan.
Hsl Color Palette Hack
Using a single brand color, you can generate a complete and semantic color palette using HSL values (instead of hex/rgb). Bonus tips for how to use them for maximum impact!
Advice For Struggling Devs
Sometimes, you think you're not good enough, that you'll never be good enough. Here are a few conversations I have had with more experienced devs, who gave some pretty fantabulous advice.
Recognising the progress we've made is not easy.
Especially when it comes to long-term goals, like becoming a better developer. This is why we take a before snap - to make our progress obvious to us.
If you think about it, each baby-step you take is like putting a single grain of rice on a set of balance scales. It doesn't budge at all, not even when we put 2 or 3 or even 100 grains of rice on the scale. That is, until a tipping point is reached. We'll show you how to choose your baby-steps wisely, to make the most of your time and effort.
Bill Gates said that
Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. Your after snap will challenge this as you realise how far you've come in a single year, with something to show for it too!
How do you know you're making progress towards the right things?
When I first started to learn how to program, I had no idea which language to start with. Every job description I looked at had a different list of languages, tools and frameworks. Asking for opinions didn't help either, because well, they were all pretty opiniated.
I felt so overwhelmed by how much there was to learn. This was made worse by the pressure to keep up with the latest technologies when I didn't even know how to get up to speed on any one of them in the first place.
In the end, I realised that we can choose to do anything, but not everything. So I didn't choose a language, I chose a project that mattered to me, and that project chose my languages for me. You don't have to do it this way, the skill is learning how to choose what to invest yourself in.
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