Coding Reminders

Things to remind ourselves while coding.

I should have this printed out and put on my wall.

On health & wellness

  • Exercise
  • Take a break (7x)
  • Don’t burn out
  • Make sure to eat
  • Your body position

Pep talk & self-encouragement

  • I can do this
  • It’s ok to fail
  • You can do it
  • You’ll figure it out
  • The solution is probably simple
  • Everyone has the same struggles
  • There’s got to be a way to do this
  • I’m not stupid—this just takes time
  • There IS a solution, just have to find it
  • Writing failing code is not a personality trait
  • It’s going to be difficult before it gets easier

Following best practices

  • Keep it simple (8x)
  • Verify, don’t trust
  • Don’t DRY too soon
  • Add sensible comments
  • Good commit messages
  • Simple is better than smart
  • Don’t forget to do that side refactor


  • Not to drift off
  • Don’t surf the web
  • One thing at a time
  • Read docs properly
  • What am I working on?
  • Read the documentation
  • Read (and reread) the error message
  • Finish committing before pushing (seriously)
  • You don’t have time to try that new thing out
  • (distracted) What was I supposed to be doing?
  • Don’t spend an hour on tiny things that don’t matter

Slowing down vs going faster

  • Slow down
  • Ship sooner
  • Optimize it later
  • It’s good enough
  • Stop overthinking it
  • Don’t over-optimize
  • Don’t over-engineer
  • Slow down and think
  • Just get something working
  • Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good
  • There’s no single perfect solution, there are always drawbacks
  • Better to get something out than sitting analyzing the problem