The 12 Days of Content (Day 12): Developer Resolutions
The 12 Days of Content (Day 12): Developer Resolutions
In this post, we'll check out a few of the developer resolutions that our Zone Leaders have set for themselves and offer up a few tips for crafting your own annual wanna-dos based on their responses.
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After reflecting on the many achievements at DZone this past year and giving you a sneak peek into what's to come next, I can't think of a better way to end out 2017 & our 12 Days of Content series than by setting goals for 2018.
Zone Leader Resolutions
Below you'll see a list of resolutions that our Zone Leaders have put together, plus a few tidbits of advice for crafting your own resolutions that I gathered from reading the different responses here. And really, hats off to the ZLs that responded to my call for resolutions, as this is super last minute! Perhaps I need to make a resolution to be a little better organized in the New Year... it wouldn't be the first time I've said that!
So, here's a handful of resolutions from a handful of our ZLs!
Characteristically James, he replied with this enviously idealistic outlook:
And honestly, I don't mean to knock James at all for being idealistic... setting that bar high is what resolutions are for as he points out to Duncan there! And of course, I had to include Duncan's response, as this is the signature pessimistic humor that we know and love him for.
And while I just praised James for the oppositive, Duncan does keep it real, which is another thing to keep in mind when making resolutions... What is feasible anyway?
Speaking of Duncan...
Here's what he had to say about resolutions:
While this is such a cop-out of an answer, I can't help but love it! For one, I'm a sucker for good wordplay. But also, the candidness of giving up on the resolution game is pretty damn endearing... of course, it also helps that I know Duncan well enough to realize that while he might not be actively setting "resolutions" to achieve in the New Year, dude isn't as down as his messages may suggest. He knows his Slack audience, and we really dig despondency!
Almost instantly hitting my super delayed "ZLs, can I have a hand getting your ideas on dev resolutions!?" email back, Tim offered up a concrete list of wanna-dos that sounded awesomely ambitious:
This multi-factored resolution is a bit daunting—well, it would be for me—but it's well-structured and to the point... a lot like Tim's writing actually! Anyway, I dig the way he plotted out a few good to-do's and tied together at least a couple of them with the third resolution. And, even if each one of these boxes isn't checked off, I think it's sometimes a good strategy to set more goals than you might be able to accomplish, knowing that overshooting your target you're bound to get some things done.
Similarly, Sibanjan has high hopes for the New Year, but he's hoping to make his life easier by wielding AI:
Now, there's an idea... if all goes as planned and he gets his automation game up to snuff, perhaps next year he can ask AI to take care of any 2019 resolutions he makes. Haha! :-P
Another ambitious multi-part resolution maker, Cate Lawrence has set herself up with a plethora of to-dos to pick from:
One particular resolution that resonated with me was the top one on whittling down tabs to a respectful number. Well said, and totally stealing that! Any other readers with terrible tab habits out there? It's okay—stay strong my fellow disheveled hoarders of tabs, we will work on this together... but you know, separately because I wouldn't dare start weeding your open websites.
Chris Ward ends out our developer resolutions with this wise quote here:
And nope, I didn't want to leave that last bit off, ha! Can't leave behind any cute and clever puns... especially, a pun that kinda points to something larger. I think Chris is right; we need to always be looking outwardly and thinking about people—not just ourselves or those like us, but everybody, all of humankind. This is a resolution to live by and though we work in tech, we can't forget why we do it—ultimately, it's for people.
*EDIT 10:35 AM Dec 29th* Not to be forgotten, ZL John Vester didn't have a specific resolution for himself, but instead has some wise words for devs to take into their New Year workflows... hey, tis the season to be giving:
Thanks for the advice John. And, sorry for delay in popping this one in!
The Resolution of Our List
So, we've finished out our list of dev resolutions and hopefully you've felt inspired to come up with your own New Year's resolution. Once again thanks to our ZL's for helping me out with this last minute list... show them some love in the comments and let us know your 2018 resolution!
Want More 12 Days of Content Articles?
You're in luck! Here's the list of the other 12 Days of Content articles:
- 1st Day of Content, DZone gave to me: DZone People on Twitter
- 2nd Day of Content, DZone gave to me: DZone in Review
- 3rd Day of Content, DZone gave to me: Top 10 Daniel Stori Comics
- 4th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: 2017 Guides
- 5th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: New Zones of 2017
- 6th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: Most Popular 2017 Refcardz
- 7th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: An Intro to our Zone Leaders
- 8th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: Ghosts of Articles Past
- 9th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: What Made Us Happy in 2017
- 10th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: Upcoming 2018 Guides
- 11th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: Zone Leader 2018 Predictions
- 12th Day of Content, DZone gave to me: Developer Resolutions
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