In 2020 during the pandemic, I paused all my employment work, went on sabbatical, and decided to work on side projects full time.
At some point, it seemed to me that I lacked discipline and moved too slowly.
That's why I decided to jump into the 100 Days of Code Challenge and see how it would push my progress forward.
Originally 100 Days of Code means a minimum of 1 hour of daily coding. Mostly It's popular among software engineering newcomers as it motivates them to learn systematically.
In my case, 1 hour was not enough, so I picked a modified version: 100 Days of full-time coding. Why not?
Crossing the Finish Line
How was it? Well, by the end of those 100 days, I breathe a deep sigh of relief.
Even though I was working only on the things I wanted to, it felt almost like a good old burnout by the end of the challenge.
Weekend days off matter even if it is pandemic weekends.
Nevertheless, according to my Github account, burnout had no chance to stop me. I just took a day off and continued, lol.
So my challenge lasted a little bit longer than 100 days:
Did It Push the Progress?
Pretty much yes. I've learned plenty of new things and got done a lot as well.
I've learned how things are done in a server-side swift, and to be more exact - Vapor 4. (I haven't worked on the backend before at all.)
I've learned how to deal with SwiftUI and Redux.
Made a good basement for Portfolius backend and iOS App.
For my lazy ass, it's quite a good progress for just 3 months.
Could It Be Done Without 100 Days of Code Challenge?
100 Days of Code Challenge was nothing else but a discipline tool for me.
I'm sure that I could do even better if I had a high-quality rest on the weekends. But only if I could preserve the same commitment during workdays.