Episode 11

Engineer Your Life Habits


January 21st, 2019

45 mins 40 secs

Season 1

Your Hosts

About this Episode

Ben and Brian ring in the new year (a little late) by discussing how they approach new year's resolutions and how they might apply that kind of goal making to their professional ambitions. Brian suggests breaking up your yearly goals into more digestible pieces and attacking them iteratively rather than all at once (sound familiar?). They end by discussing some sensible ways to track the progress of their (and your) coding projects to stay accountable.

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  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 00:52 - Establishing new habits
  • 08:56 - Plan for your goals by first choosing some
  • 27:46 - Process oriented vs. outcome oriented
  • 33:57 - Sensible ways to track progress
  • 44:40 - Outro


  • Meetup.com - Place to organize and find meet ups in your area (for the U.S. at least)
  • Hacking with Swift - Paul Hudson's excellent iOS learning blogs/lessons
  • Advent of Code - Yearly coding challenges in December leading up to Christmas

Hosts' January Goals


  • Attend 1 meetup per month
  • 5 GitHub submissions per week


  • 1 lesson or other educational piece of content on his personal website per week