One of the best things a new developer for themselves is set aside a hack day. I don’t mean a day where you try to hack people’s bank accounts. I’m talking about a day where you do a deep dive into something that interest them in the internet/technology space. Whether you’re looking into something you heard about, something that could streamline your work flow or just something you think might come in handy for a client or work project, benefits are huge. This has a few positives for you.
- You get to stretch the ol’ noodle and always be learning. The only way you’ll ever be irreverent and outdated is if you lose the fire for learning.
- Maybe something you tinkered with recently helped you with another work project, an interview question, a client issue or anything else you may have not thought about or realized in the past but now have the extra knowledge to solve.
- It helps you stay sharp with all the new micro-frameworks that get released into the wild every 48 hours.
If you don’t use it you lose it. Whether it’s a new skill, an old language or a bad habit, it’s very true. You don’t need a huge chunk of time, just a few hours a couple day a week. You’ll notice the change quickly. Throw on some music and hack!