#100DaysofCode worth it or not? πŸ€”

Sarthak Sharma on March 07, 2019

If you use Twitter, you must have seen this #100daysofcode popping up in your feed every now and then. I saw it often but never tried it. This ye... [Read Full]
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I also have a conflicted relationship with everyday-style challenges. I have set myself so many, and failed pretty much every time - life always finds a way to get in the way, and like you, I end up realising that the added pressure to do something every day just to clock a strike on the calendar is counterproductive. Plus, as soon as you break the streak, your impulse is to give up completely.

I much prefer working on improving my habits. Habits don't have to be practiced every day, but if I'm in the habit of going for a run a few times a week, or reading most mornings before work, then that's great. And if I don't feel like it one day, no stress.

That said, I have actually been doing 100DaysOfCode this year but I'm not aiming for a continuous streak. I think I did about 24 days in Febraruy for example and I'm happy with that. I've found that tracking what I'm doing has been really motivating, but if I was forcing myself to do it every day then I'd have given up by now!

 

You've put it so well. I think that's the most well-balanced approach for most people as well.

 
 

I've written much mode code since I stopped 100 days of code challenge, and instead focused on what I wanted to learn (advance my automation journey).

Also I stopped Tweeting daily updates - and started working on larger chunks I should share, like my posts on Dev.To - and a lunch n learn at work.

Still as you say - it was cool to Start :)

 
 

Pretty interesting story. I can totally understand that you quit the challenge.
Personally, I am not into those challenges at all. Not event the Advent of Code which is somewhat human with only 24 days. The thing is, that coding is - besides my actual job - only a hobby. I do not make any great money from it and I only do it when I want to and not because something needs to be finished. Why should I force myself to code?
To be totally honest, these challenges reflect a big problem with the development community: people make themselves a lot of stress for something that is not worth anything. Neither the argument of testing your abilities and achieving something, nor the argument that it may be something great to present in your resume, seems reasonable if on the other hand you push yourself a bit more into burnout.
Nobody cares if you complete a challenge and nobody cares if you don't even start it.

 

There's indeed a lot of competition on the dev community. I mean, you learn a lot by clashing against others, but don't sweat it.
Sadly, the limit between "healthy comparison with other ways" and "I got to be the very best" is blurry.

 

Agreed! Though for beginners, starting do matters. 😊

 

In legal realms, there is the concept of following the "spirit of the law", as oppose to the "letter of the law" πŸ€“

And I feel like its important to remember, the spirit of the "100 days of X", which is sadly commonly forgotten πŸ˜”

Especially for programming, where you should be spending a good chunk of your time planning before coding.

So perhaps a better way to phrase the challenge - a dedication for the next 100 days. To for at least a short moment everyday to either

  • πŸ€” think and plan out your coding
  • ⌨️ do actual coding
  • ❀️ focus on life priorities (eg: love ones)
  • πŸ–οΈ recharge oneself to focus back on the above

However because only 1/4 of what listed above has actual "historical commits". The challenge is more of a personal one then a public one to get into the habit. Which is easy to forget, especially when others obsess over the actual commits. And damn, it can be rather easy to justify oneself you are doing the challenge by the above standards (which would be against the spirit of it).

But as you pointed out, forcing yourself to commit code.... can pretty much result into junk code : which in a larger project will be rejected through code review 😒

So I would dare say, as long as your continuing thinking, even after the holidays (as obviously shown via this article) on how to improve your coding craft.

In my books : you are fulfilling the 100 day challenge πŸ‘

 

Thanks Eugene. You actually put it in a right way. The spirit of challenge should not die.

 

I did try 100DaysOfCode but I eventually quit working on it. Not because it is a bad idea but because it just does not fit my pattern of creativity and development.

Once I started to force myself to work on my project I realized I was almost dreading the end of my work day when I would work on it, mostly because as my product matured there was less and less to work on.

Now maybe it is because I did too much too fast? But as a daily coder, let's be honest, over time we get faster at the regular things we do. This mean't I would end up doing in 1 hour a day more than I would of if I was not a long timer coder.

I guess I would say that my opinion is, it's a great idea for those that either need to get the motivation going or want a way to commit to something. But if you code for a living every day, it can lead to basically just extending your day by yet another hour.

I do still follow the tag and try to help inspire those that are doing it when I see them starting to loose momentum. So maybe for me it turned in to 100 days of motivational support for others :)

 

Wow, That's great Peter. How do you exactly help them?

 

I hope it helps them :)

I try to motivate and suggest ways to keep it moving forward. Probably doesn't help that much, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Perhaps there should be 100DaysOfMentorship

Hahaha, that would be lovely idea. πŸ˜ƒ

 

I'm way more productive after a break. I stop coding for weeks, even month and come back every time. This kind of challenge, course or whatever that force any particular behavior is bad.
I strongly agree with your statement and the next trending hashtag on programming should be along the line of #stopLearningStartDoing.

 

Oh I like it. Let’s start this hashtag 🀘🏻🀘🏻

 
 

The public-accountability aspect of #100DaysOfCode (or anything similar) does nothing for me. Maybe some people get motivated by feeling the pressure to perform. But for me, zero.

It's not like all my Twitter followers are waiting each day with bated breath to see that I did something. If my wife isn't interested enough in my commitment to eating right and exercising to chastise me if I don't do it, then what can I honestly expect from Internet strangers?

 
 

I personally think that consistency will always be the common denominator for improvement for any skill. 100DaysOfCode kind of forces you to finish the challenge through accountability, which might work for some and not for others. In my experience, tweeting everyday felt like a chore and doesn't really add up much value to my learning. So I decided to just work on projects everyday with the occasional blogpost to share what I've learned. Here's the result so far:

Have I become a better software developer? Definitely, I saw an insane amount of improvement on my mindset and general quality of my code. Did my social life took a hit? Yes, to an extent. Did I find enjoyment and fulfillment throughout this endeavor? A big yes! And I do think that's all that matters in the end :)

 
 

I did the 100 days of CSS challenge and I learned a lot from doing these challenges especially learning how to animate in CSS. I am better for it.

 
 

XD with an interesring project ongoing, you don't count days!

 

But, shouldn't you ? πŸ€”
Burning yourself up because you code every days is not a good idea.

 
 

Remember, being busy != being productive.

This is great advice. I need to focus more on what's going to make the most impact and not just the stuff that makes it seem like I'm working.

 
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