Personal Growth Tips for Developers

Andy Charters
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August 18, 2023
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Are you a software developer? If the answer to the question is yes, then you probably don't need me to emphasize how important the state of your body and mind is to your performance as a coder. A software developer is a problem solver; from writing codes for the design and functioning of a product to the fixing of glitches, and more, carrying out the multifaceted job function is indeed demanding.



Hence, beyond acquiring the needed technical skills, there is no doubt a need to set up a healthy lifestyle that matches the job demands. Therefore, if you want to know more, here are eight tips for the personal growth of software developers.



  1. Find time to exercise a few times a week.

Does this first point sound like a cliché? Well, just as you need to keep your tools in good shape, you equally need to keep your body in shape too. As a software developer, your mind and body is technically part of the tools he needs to administer your craftsmanship.



They, therefore, need some attention too. You don't need us to remind you that carrying out your job function requires being in front of a computer for a long time. That may also likely mean sitting for an equally long number of hours. Make no mistake, that kind of working position is a recipe for excessive weight gain, mostly when you are not sticking to a healthy daily diet. If your job is too demanding, ordering fast foods may likely be part of your daily schedule to remain energized and productive.



So, what should you do? Now, there's no need to adopt an everyday exercise schedule you may not eventually stick to when the job demands become overwhelming.  Instead, start with a simple exercise routine twice a week. You can then slowly raise the bar as the opportunity comes up. The goal here is to adopt a sustainable exercise plan.



Furthermore, it's best not to adopt someone's type of exercise; they might have more time on their hands to play in the gym than you do. Also, you don't want to engage in a type of exercise that'll leave you with extreme body pains, which may impair your ability to deliver your bits at work.



Therefore, the type of exercise, timing, and location should depend on you and your schedule. If you can hit the gym, that's fine. It could give you some sense of commitment and help to avoid distractions. However, exercising at home or the office can also work for you since you won’t need to go out of your usual space before engaging.



  1. Cut down on sugar intake

Sugar is our major source of energy. The body practically converts everything we eat into sugar. In fact, the body has a special way of converting food substances that are not sugar-based, e.g., fat into sugar when the need arises. Therefore, aside from the raw sugar from soda, sweets, and coffee, our body has a steady supply of sugar from all we eat.



So here's the thing, when you ingest sugar-containing drinks repeatedly during the day to stay hydrated or warm, it spikes your energy levels. Naturally, any energy level spike will come with a corresponding drop and an inconsistent insulin level of operation. Insulin processes sugar, the intermittent introduction of raw sugar into your system apart from the ones that come from normal food causes insulin and energy levels to rise and fall in an inconsistent manner.



What happens when you cut the sugar down? It promotes a consistent energy level, making it easy to maintain a consistent productivity state. Look at it this way, any burst or spike in energy you receive from soda or a pack of sweets will usually not be enough to sustain you. It eventually plummets, leaving you more tired with less motivation to work.



Cutting down sugars will circumvent unnecessary tiredness because your body would have trained itself to deliver more predictably and consistently. Sugar, being the only substrate the brain relies on for optimum functioning, this type of practice is particularly beneficial to software developers whose job function is intellectually demanding,  



  1. Maintain a healthy diet by understanding caloric values

While avoiding burgers and other junk foods can be beneficial, you'll also do well to understand the caloric values of nutrition in maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. Yeah, it might be a little stressful trying to know each food calorie.



However, understanding the energy values of the different types of food you eat can help you stay healthy by not altogether avoiding your favorite meal but taking an adequate portion. At the end of the day, your body doesn't identify the food you eat as burgers or chocolate; it only processes whatever amount of calories you give it. Understanding calories and sticking to a specific portion can also help you manage bad eating habits or addictions.



  1. Prepare your meal

Adopting this approach may be a little challenging for those with super busy schedules. However, it's not impossible to pull it off. You'll not only eat healthily but also save money and remain productive.



As a software developer, the junk food-dispensing machine can naturally be your everyday lifesaver when you avoid ordering expensive restaurant meals. Asides from the fact that this option hardly ever has a healthy dispensing option, you have to buy more to sustain you.  



However, by cooking your meals, you can whip up a balanced diet, which you can carefully tuck into a lunch box. This way, you can even plan four to five days of meals, thereby saving time, resources and avoiding eating potluck. If you are an offshore developer working for a client remotely from home, this approach will help you avoid ordering food daily.



  1. Get adequate rest

Rest is a must if your mind and body are going to perform 10/10. You'd undoubtedly experience a drop in performance when you don't get enough sleep. You'll feel cranky, tired, and your creative ability will likely drop. Depending on your work schedule, it's best to maintain a healthy sleep habit.

If you are an offshore developer with a  client in another time zone, you'll do well to agree on a good work and communication time so that demands are not overlapping with your rest schedule. There's no point working with a low version of yourself; your output will likely fall below standards.



If you are going to work at night, make sure you compensate for the lack of sleep during the day.  Altogether, create a strict schedule that will offer you at least seven hours of sleep, which means you have to hit the bed early. This approach will make you remain sharp throughout the day.



  1. Wake up early

We earlier mentioned the importance of sleeping early. It's equally important to form the habit of getting up early. Early risers have time for meditation and planning. Try to avoid a schedule that looks like work-sleep-work. Now, we’re not talking about a period of fun. But a time of self-reflection and planning during your workdays. There's no better time than early in the morning to engage in a short period of self-evaluation.



  1. Ensure a balanced diet

When it comes to diet, there are so many diet practices on the Internet. While some diet plans are tailored-fit to a more specific outcome, others are generally for preventing weight gain.



Some professionals adopt a vegan diet, zero carbs, zero fats, no meats, etc. The thing is, some of these plans may still not be beneficial if calorie intake is very high. Therefore, whatever diet plan you decide to opt for, you might want to know a healthy balanced diet is essential to ensure you are not missing out on any vital nutrients the body needs.



Yes, it’s great to stay in shape and avoid unnecessary weight gain, but this move shouldn't mean depriving yourself of essential nutrients the body needs. Eat proteins, vegetables, fats, and other food classes, but let the emphasis be more on quality and adequate portions. Your brains need nutrients and your job needs your brain.



  1. Balance your social & work-life

If you are going to pay bills, work is essential. However, there's more to life than making money. Other aspects of your life can undoubtedly contribute to productivity. If a developer is lonely with no friends and nothing going on aside from work-related activities, that's an easy way to allow depression to creep in.



Therefore, it's best to invest in other aspects of your life. It could be a relationship with loved ones or friends. Take out time during your free periods to nurture things that are important to you asides from the job. It's also essential that you engage in hobbies that are not work-related so you can have a means of escape from the workspace.



If you are not the fun park or cinema kind of person, you could take up new projects or a cause you are passionate about—for example, endangered species, and many more.

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Full-Stack PHP Developer (Mid to Senior)

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking passionate mid to senior-level Fullstack PHP Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

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Full-Stack PHP Developer Tech Lead

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking passionate Lead Full-Stack PHP Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

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Full stack RoR/VueJS Developer

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Fullstack Developer

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Fullstack .NET Developer

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Lead/Senior Frontend Developer (UI/UX) - Brazil

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned business established eight years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent worldwide with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines and Brazil as part of international engineering teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

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Marketing Specialists

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Backend Developer (Python)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

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Senior Full-Stack PHP Developer

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineering teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

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Personal Growth Tips for Developers

February 16, 2024

Are you a software developer? If the answer to the question is yes, then you probably don't need me to emphasize how important the state of your body and mind is to your performance as a coder. A software developer is a problem solver; from writing codes for the design and functioning of a product to the fixing of glitches, and more, carrying out the multifaceted job function is indeed demanding.



Hence, beyond acquiring the needed technical skills, there is no doubt a need to set up a healthy lifestyle that matches the job demands. Therefore, if you want to know more, here are eight tips for the personal growth of software developers.



  1. Find time to exercise a few times a week.

Does this first point sound like a cliché? Well, just as you need to keep your tools in good shape, you equally need to keep your body in shape too. As a software developer, your mind and body is technically part of the tools he needs to administer your craftsmanship.



They, therefore, need some attention too. You don't need us to remind you that carrying out your job function requires being in front of a computer for a long time. That may also likely mean sitting for an equally long number of hours. Make no mistake, that kind of working position is a recipe for excessive weight gain, mostly when you are not sticking to a healthy daily diet. If your job is too demanding, ordering fast foods may likely be part of your daily schedule to remain energized and productive.



So, what should you do? Now, there's no need to adopt an everyday exercise schedule you may not eventually stick to when the job demands become overwhelming.  Instead, start with a simple exercise routine twice a week. You can then slowly raise the bar as the opportunity comes up. The goal here is to adopt a sustainable exercise plan.



Furthermore, it's best not to adopt someone's type of exercise; they might have more time on their hands to play in the gym than you do. Also, you don't want to engage in a type of exercise that'll leave you with extreme body pains, which may impair your ability to deliver your bits at work.



Therefore, the type of exercise, timing, and location should depend on you and your schedule. If you can hit the gym, that's fine. It could give you some sense of commitment and help to avoid distractions. However, exercising at home or the office can also work for you since you won’t need to go out of your usual space before engaging.



  1. Cut down on sugar intake

Sugar is our major source of energy. The body practically converts everything we eat into sugar. In fact, the body has a special way of converting food substances that are not sugar-based, e.g., fat into sugar when the need arises. Therefore, aside from the raw sugar from soda, sweets, and coffee, our body has a steady supply of sugar from all we eat.



So here's the thing, when you ingest sugar-containing drinks repeatedly during the day to stay hydrated or warm, it spikes your energy levels. Naturally, any energy level spike will come with a corresponding drop and an inconsistent insulin level of operation. Insulin processes sugar, the intermittent introduction of raw sugar into your system apart from the ones that come from normal food causes insulin and energy levels to rise and fall in an inconsistent manner.



What happens when you cut the sugar down? It promotes a consistent energy level, making it easy to maintain a consistent productivity state. Look at it this way, any burst or spike in energy you receive from soda or a pack of sweets will usually not be enough to sustain you. It eventually plummets, leaving you more tired with less motivation to work.



Cutting down sugars will circumvent unnecessary tiredness because your body would have trained itself to deliver more predictably and consistently. Sugar, being the only substrate the brain relies on for optimum functioning, this type of practice is particularly beneficial to software developers whose job function is intellectually demanding,  



  1. Maintain a healthy diet by understanding caloric values

While avoiding burgers and other junk foods can be beneficial, you'll also do well to understand the caloric values of nutrition in maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. Yeah, it might be a little stressful trying to know each food calorie.



However, understanding the energy values of the different types of food you eat can help you stay healthy by not altogether avoiding your favorite meal but taking an adequate portion. At the end of the day, your body doesn't identify the food you eat as burgers or chocolate; it only processes whatever amount of calories you give it. Understanding calories and sticking to a specific portion can also help you manage bad eating habits or addictions.



  1. Prepare your meal

Adopting this approach may be a little challenging for those with super busy schedules. However, it's not impossible to pull it off. You'll not only eat healthily but also save money and remain productive.



As a software developer, the junk food-dispensing machine can naturally be your everyday lifesaver when you avoid ordering expensive restaurant meals. Asides from the fact that this option hardly ever has a healthy dispensing option, you have to buy more to sustain you.  



However, by cooking your meals, you can whip up a balanced diet, which you can carefully tuck into a lunch box. This way, you can even plan four to five days of meals, thereby saving time, resources and avoiding eating potluck. If you are an offshore developer working for a client remotely from home, this approach will help you avoid ordering food daily.



  1. Get adequate rest

Rest is a must if your mind and body are going to perform 10/10. You'd undoubtedly experience a drop in performance when you don't get enough sleep. You'll feel cranky, tired, and your creative ability will likely drop. Depending on your work schedule, it's best to maintain a healthy sleep habit.

If you are an offshore developer with a  client in another time zone, you'll do well to agree on a good work and communication time so that demands are not overlapping with your rest schedule. There's no point working with a low version of yourself; your output will likely fall below standards.



If you are going to work at night, make sure you compensate for the lack of sleep during the day.  Altogether, create a strict schedule that will offer you at least seven hours of sleep, which means you have to hit the bed early. This approach will make you remain sharp throughout the day.



  1. Wake up early

We earlier mentioned the importance of sleeping early. It's equally important to form the habit of getting up early. Early risers have time for meditation and planning. Try to avoid a schedule that looks like work-sleep-work. Now, we’re not talking about a period of fun. But a time of self-reflection and planning during your workdays. There's no better time than early in the morning to engage in a short period of self-evaluation.



  1. Ensure a balanced diet

When it comes to diet, there are so many diet practices on the Internet. While some diet plans are tailored-fit to a more specific outcome, others are generally for preventing weight gain.



Some professionals adopt a vegan diet, zero carbs, zero fats, no meats, etc. The thing is, some of these plans may still not be beneficial if calorie intake is very high. Therefore, whatever diet plan you decide to opt for, you might want to know a healthy balanced diet is essential to ensure you are not missing out on any vital nutrients the body needs.



Yes, it’s great to stay in shape and avoid unnecessary weight gain, but this move shouldn't mean depriving yourself of essential nutrients the body needs. Eat proteins, vegetables, fats, and other food classes, but let the emphasis be more on quality and adequate portions. Your brains need nutrients and your job needs your brain.



  1. Balance your social & work-life

If you are going to pay bills, work is essential. However, there's more to life than making money. Other aspects of your life can undoubtedly contribute to productivity. If a developer is lonely with no friends and nothing going on aside from work-related activities, that's an easy way to allow depression to creep in.



Therefore, it's best to invest in other aspects of your life. It could be a relationship with loved ones or friends. Take out time during your free periods to nurture things that are important to you asides from the job. It's also essential that you engage in hobbies that are not work-related so you can have a means of escape from the workspace.



If you are not the fun park or cinema kind of person, you could take up new projects or a cause you are passionate about—for example, endangered species, and many more.

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