So we’ve completed another trip around the sun and with a massive sigh of anticipated relief, rang in the start of 2021. It’s now the time of year where we traditionally make resolutions: goals we set for ourselves as motivation for the new year. This year, I wanted to do something a little bit different and try a special tech resolution for 2021.
- April 15, 2021: Project #1 has been published! Read more about it here.
- May 12, 2021: Project #2 has been published! Read more about it here.
So what’s my tech resolution for 2021? It’s pretty simple: publish projects! More specifically, I’d like to publish at least one project each quarter of 2021. The projects don’t necessarily have to be big, they just need to be functional and be published. I got inspiration for this resolution from a thread I happened to come across on Twitter:
While I’m not quite as ambitious as Brenden, I think shooting for 4 published projects during the year is a good, achievable goal. Like most hobbyist software devs, I have more unfinished projects than I can count. It’s time to commit to a few that I really believe in and get them to a point where I’m happy to call them an MVP. Again, they don’t need to be perfect. I’m shooting for minimally-functional!
The goal with this resolution is to get myself more comfortable with actually publishing things. Even though a project may not be perfect, publication is a great learning step. As Winston Churchill said, “perfection is the enemy of progress”. Getting something out to market, even in an imperfect form, is a great way to collect feedback from real users. That feedback could prove invaluable for focusing future development time. It’s also great to be able to learn quickly from mistakes. That is, if something isn’t working right or not solving a real problem, it’s better to know early.
So here’s to a brighter 2021. I can’t think of a better way of putting the great disappointment of 2020 to rest than to have a positive outlook and goal for the new year. Cheers!