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It’s 2017 and the beginning of the year is when we determine how we’re going to make ourselves better. Well, at least what we are going to try for the next few weeks before reverting to our old ways. But hey, you were pretty awesome last year anyways. If it ain’t broke… right?

Perhaps our dedication is not to blame though, maybe it’s the goal setting. How about this year we resolve to set ourselves up for success. With that in mind here are some potential 2017 resolutions, that may actually last throughout 2017.

1. Tabs or Spaces. This year let’s finally solve this old development debate. Before you say anything, yes this can be done. Because the way you do it is right, and the other is definitely, completely inappropriate. I get it. So in 2017, you’ll make sure to pay close attention on your code reviews to those devastating forms of whitespace that your co-workers swear are superior.

2. Time Tracking. I will track my time, I will track my time, I will track my time. But this is supposed to be a post about resolutions we may actually complete. So maybe we don’t aim for punctuality here. Give yourself a little safety buffer. In 2017, you will not fall behind on your time tracking by more than a single week. Why does that still feel like reaching for the stars? Oh well, new year, new you, right?

3. Positivity. 2016 may not have been fantastic, but as developers we make change happen. So this year, let’s promise to purposefully squelch one complaint each week. Write that one more unit test requested by your co-worker, even though it’s obvious it will pass. Your office manager doesn’t need to hear about how you don’t like that one thing in your free lunch. Because remember it’s free lunch, not a root canal. That being said, I refuse to get on board with coconut water.

4. Refactoring. We all have that old piece of code. Remember how pretty it looked when you wrote it? Remember how you thought it couldn’t get any better than this? Remember how last week you tried to explain that someone must have hacked your Github account and committed it on your behalf? Let’s finally do that refactor. It’s probably the only part of your past that you have complete control over re-creating.

5. Me Time. It’s usually the most popular, so we saved it for last here. This year, I’ll avoid clichés like “hitting the gym”, or “shedding those pounds”, and aim to just be happier. Because the grass on my lawn is perfectly green. So, let’s not pretend you’re going to make the classes at the gym past February. For 2017, lets make sure to mix in a little more “me” time.

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