Ah, those warm summer months are the best, aren’t they? And not just because they’re synonymous with lounging poolside or trekking down to the river with family and friends. There’s just something about this time of year that makes it perfect for setting and accomplishing goals, or tackling that special project that’s been at the back of your mind.
I don’t know if it’s the heat, or the long days, or maybe just that extra touch of playfulness that seems to tickle folks between Spring and Fall. But there’s just something about the summertime that is perfect for finally cleaning out the garage, or taking a class, or picking up a new hobby.
It’s an ideal time for learning some new code skills or building on the ones you already have. Think about it: If you set your mind to it, I mean really committed yourself to doing something awesome, how much could you learn in a single summer? What sorts of cool projects could you build in that time?
If you have your sights set on learning some code and upping your web dev game, here are some great tips and tricks to help you on your way and keep you focused amid those many tantalizing and/or obligatory summertime distractions.
Set Reasonable Goals
Alright! You’re motivated, enthusiastic and ready to do some awesome things this summer. But how do we turn that positive energy into accomplishment, rather than letting it fizzle away or head off in the wrong direction? We set Goals! Setting good goals that are clear and accomplishable is a proven way to keep an enterprise on task and on track. Thankfully, with helpful resources like the StickK app, setting and keeping goals has never been easier.
Make Smart Daily Task Lists
Now that we are clear about what we want to accomplish, we can employ smart daily to-do lists to ensure that we’re making regular progress on our march toward our great goals. It is not an understatement to say that this one simple practice has the potential to change your life. Nearly every highly effective, productive and successful person will tell you about the value and importance of to-do lists. All it takes is a pen or pencil, a piece of scratch paper or a notepad, and just a few minutes out of your day. However, if you’re like me and you’d prefer a less analogue approach, you’re in luck. There’s no shortage of great online to-do list apps. My team uses Asana, which I’ve found to be great for teams working on a lot of projects. For something a little more lightweight and personal, but still versatile and effective, here’s a pair of apps that really look the part, Todoist and Remember the Milk.
Stay Active, Active, Active
They say a rolling stone gathers no moss. I believe the MythBusters debunked this time honored saying, but its sentiment remains as true as ever. It’s important to stay active and try do something every day toward accomplishing your goals. Here’s a short list of fun and excellent resources that can help keep your wheels turning, your web dev skills growing and your goals drawing ever closer.
Chronicle Your Journey
Telling your story can have a multitude of benefits. It can increase your insight and understanding of your experience. It can help motivate you to keep going. It serves as a great reminder of what you’ve gone through and accomplished. And it can help others who are on a similar journey. Even if you’re not a fan of blogs or don’t consider yourself a writer, taking the time to detail your own journey is an incredibly helpful and beneficial practice, whether it’s once a day or even once a week. Everyone has a story to tell, so get out there and tell yours! Here’s a few helpful resources to get you started.
The summertime sure has its fair share of distractions. The kids are out of school. There are concerts and festivals that beckon. Nature’s in full bloom and enticing us to its beaches and parks. With a million fun and distracting things going on all around us, it can be incredibly difficult to stay focused at times. But where there’s a will, there’s a way — and where there’s a problem, there’s an opportunity for a solution. Like investing in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, or taking up some mindfulness exercises and practices to quiet and calm the mind and increase your control over your actions, thoughts, and decisions.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Best of luck and happy coding as you embark upon what has the potential to be a truly awesome summer. Now get out there and do something great and don’t forget to have fun while you’re doing it, because hey, what’s life without whimsy?
Robert Manolis is a father, coder, writer, lifelong learner and movie lover. He’s all about having fun, working with good people and learning cool new things. In his spare time he likes hanging with family and friends, working on fun projects, watching movies, playing his guitar and pondering the meaning of existence. He considers himself a Treehouse success story, not even knowing what HTML was when he signed up for TH a few years ago to having a portfolio of cool projects here.
Favorite quote: “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. For the world is moved along not just by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”– Helen Keller
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