How Successful is the 100 Days of Code Challenge?

Ever thought of continuously coding for months on end and what that would mean for your work ethic? Then there’s a challenge for you. The 100 Days of Code challenge does exactly what it says—Try coding an hour every day for 100 days. It may seem like easy work, but many have caved to the pressures of this challenge. Let us see how successful the challenge really is.

But first, let us dive into the history behind it.

What is the #100DaysOfCode challenge?

Alexander Kallaway, a Russian expatriate, currently residing in Canada, started this tech initiative of coding back in 2016. The purpose of this activity was to force social accountability on himself so he could fulfill his aspiration to learn to code.

He lamented the fact that by putting off learning how to code, he grew complacent.

So in order to really get in the zone and work, he started this challenge for himself. This then grew into a global challenge as Alex started adding rules and guidelines as a way to discipline himself while he worked.

The rule was to code for an hour a day for a hundred days and see what kind of progress he’ll have. He added another part, which was to pass on this challenge to two more people so the cause could keep growing.

And it worked. This seemingly innocuous activity grew a life of its own and spread like wildfire.

People were posting their activities and their progress online, using the hashtag #100DaysOfCode to connect with others. Some go so far as to say how it helped them achieve their dream job as a software developer or analyst.

This just goes to show the social implication of such a global challenge.

What were the effects of #100DaysOfCode challenge?

As more and more people took part in the challenge, the impact grew. There is a bombardment of stories posted online where people showed how their learning capabilities were affected. Both the positive and the negative impacts of the challenge.

The purpose was to highlight the entire journey, pick an initiative, and the end result. After which we start coding. Taking time out from our usual hectic routines to code for an hour straight.

By establishing such a work ethic, there was a definitive pay-off. Projects that had been previously lined up were completed. Learning initiatives were taken. Things we had been putting off when it came to programming were taken seriously again.

This shows us the positive psychological aspect of such a challenge.

How did the #100DaysOfCode challenge impact individual work ethic?

It is human nature to procrastinate. We’ll have ten things to do, and we’ll make sure to do five at a time and push off the rest to do at another time.

Though this kind of mind frame is detrimental when we have to complete essential tasks though.

But by adding a sense of urgency to the mix, we can complete all ten tasks in the required time. This is the reason why the challenge had a positive impact on the individual work ethics of the people who took part in it.

The reasons why it worked were:

1. Consistency

2. Sustainability

3. Community

These three facets explain how partaking in a community challenge by consistently working on our individual projects can sustain our workability in the long run.

Is the #100DaysOfCode challenge a success?

While it may become daunting at times to complete the quota for the day. Not to mention keeping up with the challenge continuously for 100 days. But the 100 days of code challenge is a certified success.

By establishing a global challenge, people were at ease as they encountered others working just as hard as themselves. The pressure of keeping up with the guidelines pushed us to complete the challenge and rearrange our schedules to fit in a full hour of coding.

So yes, the 100 days of code challenge is a success.

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