# Dopamine Fasting with #100DaysOfCode

Dopamine addict deciding its time to take a break.

I'm stuck in a loop of consuming different means of entertainment and I want to alter this behavior, spending this time pursuing fulfilling goals.

Portrait of Cody Bontecou Cody Bontecou  · Jul 16 2020 ·  minute read

The dopamine fast is there to place strict rules on certain activities I believe are not making my life better. As I consume less artificial stimulation, I believe I will get bored and find other, healthier activities to spend my time on.

Rather than video games and movies every day, I will be coding, spending time with loved ones, and going on adventures.

The #100DaysOfCode (opens new window) is there to motivate myself and stay on track, but the goal is that this will be a lifelong change and continue well past the 100 days. I enjoy coding quite a bit and have been coding nearly everyday for years now, but I am taking the initiative to share my code so that it may help others.

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# Rules

  • Code minimum an hour every day for the next 100 days.
  • Tweet your progress every day with the #100DaysOfCode hashtag.
  • No video games
  • No watching live streams
  • No movies or shows
    • Occasional movie nights with my wife are allowed
    • I just want to avoid consistently watching movies and shows
  • No music
    • Occasional podcasts are allowed
      • I'm thinking a 1-2 hour per day limit
    • Occasional music is allowed
      • I'm thinking a 1-2 hour per day limit
      • I just want to avoid consistently listening to music
  • I only can interact with endlessly scrolling apps using their APIs
    • No feed queries - Only post update, and reply
    • This is subject to change depending on the endpoints available. The key is to avoid endlessly scrolling so I will build out my interaction apps with that in mind.
    • Tutorials are allowed

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# Goals

  • Typescript (opens new window)

    • I plan on seriously diving into Typescript over the next 100 days. I know I'm missing out on key features by writing raw Javascript, so this is goal #1. Every personal project moving forward will be in Typescript.
  • Learning conversation-level Spanish

    • I just recently got married to my lovely wife Daniela who is from Mexico. While she speaks English at a fluent level, a lot of her family does not. Now that we're married, there's no excuse. I will be reading and studying Spanish daily during this challenge. My study plan:
  • Backend Typescript

    • I've written most of my server-side programs and REST APIs in Python (Django (opens new window)). I've recently begun writing some simple scripts using NodeJS and plan on moving forward with NodeJS to have full-stack apps purely in Typescript.
    • This attracts me for several reasons:
      1. I'm a big fan of web-based applications where Javascript (and Typescript) reign as supreme overlord.
      2. I'm already very comfortable writing frontend Javascript, so I hope picking up backend isn't too complicated.
      3. I'd like to master a programming language.
      4. The community is welcoming and enjoyable to be around.
    • fastify (opens new window) - "Fast and low overhead web framework, for Node.js"
  • Testing

    • I'd like to become more confident in applying TDD within my applications.
    • Cypress Component Test Runner (opens new window) is extremely exciting and I plan on becoming more comfortable with this for my web components.
    • Testing different states within my components is still challenging to me. By the end of this challenge, I want to be able to replicate different states within my application.
  • Component Driven Development

    • Alongside Cypress, I want to be building web components that are interactive, scalable, and flexible.
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# Why?

I'm finding it hard to focus.

I may start my day with an hour or two of World of Warcraft (WoW), maybe a few Youtube videos, Reddit threads, finally get some work in around 11 am, take a break for lunch, and rinse and repeat with a "quick" session of WoW, YouTube, etc...

This has been going on for months now, and I believe it's time to try something drastic to alter my behavior.

I've tried scheduling my days - work in the morning, a game in the afternoon - but I always feel bad about my decisions by the time I go to bed. I have goals in life and I want to be spending my time outside of work striving to achieve those goals.

Of course, life isn't all about work and achieving goals, but I also want to spend my free time doing things like being with my wife, going on camping trips, and helping my community.

I think cutting the time-consuming, unfulfilling behaviors out of my life will open up the time and energy to live an exciting, fulfilling life.

Join me in this journey,

Cody Bontecou

Last Updated: 7/21/2021, 9:30:09 PM