The ending of a year is when everyone begins to reflect on the events of this past year. All the good, bad, horrible, and surprising events come into our minds for one final hurrah before a fresh start in the upcoming year. Well since we’re going to be reminiscing, it only makes sense to think of some ways to make the new year a smashing success. Right? Of course!
Every developer has, or is going to, compile a list of things that they feel would better their career’s and skill sets. There is only one problem with these list though. Like everyone else, the things on our lists are hardly ever acted upon. Time to change that!
So what we’re going to do here is take a look at 7 of the things that every developer has on their resolutions list, and look at how they can actually be done.
This is our last post from year 2012 as in few hours we all are celebrating New Year so on behalf of iShift’s team, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!
Every developer has the dream of being able to leave the world of being an employee, and step out into the glorified lifestyle of being a freelancer. The idea of being able to work when you want, choose which clients you’d like to work with, and no longer having an annoying boss hovering over you every two seconds is too enticing to pass up.
Things To Do To Start Freelancing:
Let’s face it, as web developers we don’t get much leisure time. In fact, if you were in a room full of devs and asked when was the last time anyone took a vacation many wouldn’t remember. That is not good. There isn’t a person alive that can be successful if they spend all their time working. A balance between leisure and work is vital to our health, mental state, keeping low levels of stress, and simply enjoying life.
Things To Do To Have More Free Time:
Okay so being a developer doesn’t have being able to spend all day working on your fitness as a perk. In fact, it would be easy to say that not being in shape is almost a requirement. Being in a job where the majority of time is spent sitting down and overloading on caffeine and sugary snacks to maintain energy throughout the day doesn’t scream marathon runner. However, it is not very hard to slowly begin to snap into acceptable physical condition.
Things To Do To Get In Better Shape:
Seemingly every year there is a new hot language, or pre processor, that starts to gain popularity. As professionals in the web industry, it is our job to make sure that we are always at the top of our game. Doing this requires us to be able to learn and adapt to the ever changing ways we use to interact with the web, which requires regularly branching off into a new language.
Things To Do To Learn A New Programming Language:
So you’ve spent all year hearing about all the great benefits that starting a blog bring, and you’re ready to get a taste. Starting a blog is actually quite easy as long as you have the money for great hosting and design that gives users a great reading experience. Despite this ease in starting, there are many hurdles that come later. Things growing site traffic, regularly having fresh and unique content, advertising revenue, gathering visitors to interact and comment, and many more.
Things To Do To Successfully Start A Blog:
Whether you’re interested a possibly great source of passive income or something to make your resume look better, writing a book is something that has benefits for everyone. Now the perception on the process of book writing is that it is hard. Well, that’s true. There is no easy way at approaching writing a book and the editorial process, if you have editors that is, can be true torture. Of course there is a great saying that goes well with this, “nothing great comes without hard work trailing right behind it.”
Things To Do To Write A Book:
Learning new things and partaking in new ventures is all great, but improving what you already know is great as well. Every year developers proclaim to step their already established skills to a new level. This can be a difficult thing to fit into a schedule when there is enormous amount of work to be done, or you’re stuck doing work that feels mundane.
Things To Do To Improve Yourself:
Your Turn: What New Year’s Resolution Do You Have?