My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions in Tech, Gaming, and Personal Development

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New year, new me.

Or better yet: new year, better me.

I believe in making New Year’s Resolutions. Yeah, the statistics prove that we tend to ditch our New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s better than not making them at all, right?

I don’t think I’ve ever committed to all of my New Year’s Resolutions either, but it’s okay to dream about the changes we want to make, or the new things that we want to do every year.

Regardless of the outcomes this year, what matters is that we actually tried, and did a good job at going for what we thought we were capable of.

The New Year gives us a psychological reset and helps us believe that we can strive for newer and better things for ourselves.

I’m actually the type that can make a commitment to change habits on-the-spot, no matter what time of the year it is. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t have New Year’s Resolutions like everybody else.

For me, New Year’s Resolutions consist of not only habits that I want to add or change, but also goals that I want to achieve.

Thus, I’ll be sharing the new habits and stretch goals that I have for 2016. In general terms, my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions.

1) Stay consistent with my workouts and the somewhat healthy diet

I’ve done an incredible job of getting in shape last year, and I can only get healthier as long as I continue to workout every day and try to choose the healthiest option every meal.

2) Commit to writing reviews on video games that I play, and anime that I watch

If by any chance you’re new to my writing, well, I like playing video games and watching anime.

A lot.

Though, I’m the casual type. I want to start a series on my blog where I would write video game and anime reviews for the casuals; and help fellow nerds decide which video games to play and anime to watch with whatever free time they have :).

3) Improve my public speaking skills

My career aspirations involve speaking in front of audiences, both personally and virtually. It only makes sense to start improving on my terrible speaking skills now!

I’ll be looking to improve my speaking skills this year by attending Toastmaster events, and also conferences within the tech and gaming/anime scenes. This would be a great opportunity to network and build new relationships, too.

I will also read articles and listen to podcasts on how to build charisma; after all, I don’t want to be boring!

4) Become the best coffee maker everrr!

I’ve become a big fan of coffee ever since I graduated from USF almost 2 years ago. I mean, it had to happen eventually since I moved on to the 9–5 life!

But, I’m really mediocre at making coffee. My coffee is drinkable and keeps me awake, but I want it to be good. Like, Philz good. Especially since I like to make coffee for my friends.

5) Write a book for computer science majors

I think I have a lot of great and inspiring stories as a computer science major, both in and out of school.

I also believe that I have a lot of wisdom to share for fellow computer science majors, based on my experiences in both school and work.

I have an idea of what topic I want to write on, but I won’t share it just yet since I need to continue brainstorming. I really want to share my wisdom with people who are like me, and I also want to research and learn more about my field. I intend to accomplish both of those by writing this book, and the sporadic articles that’ll inevitably come along with it.

6) Get more clear on where I want to be with my personal life and career for the next few years

I have an Idea Wall full of post-it notes and a whiteboard that outlines what some of my goals are. But, I’m not sure if I have my life figured out yet.

I like a lot of things, and want to do a lot of things, but I need to make more time to think about which ideas and dreams are the ones that have potential and that I want to pursue.

7) Don’t start a project unless I know that I’m going to finish it

I have a really bad habit of starting something, only to hop onto something else without finishing it first.

I want to do a better job at saying ‘no’ to opportunities and saying ‘yes’ to only the ones that I know are in-line with what I want to provide for myself and for others around the world.

8) Create more time for video games and stream on Twitch more often

I have a lot of responsibilities and projects on my plate, but I have to learn that taking regular breaks to do what I love will always be a good thing.

I really want to game more often and start becoming a Twitch personality. I have a huge backlog of unopened games just waiting for me!

9) Play basketball in open gym more regularly

One of my lost dreams is to play in the NBA. In fact, while commuting to work, I still dream about working out for the D-League.

I won’t get better unless I’m constantly playing games with players who are better than I am. But it’s not just about getting better; I just really love playing basketball, too.

10) Be the best software engineer and co-worker I can be at 99Gamers

Given my extreme interests in start-ups, gaming, and building apps, I love what I do at 99Gamers.

I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to build something meaningful and to showcase and improve on my skills as a software developer. I see a ton of potential with 99Gamers and really want it succeed.

I intend to do my part by doing whatever I can to make sure that I do my best work. I’ll continue speaking up, learning about start-ups and programming on the side, and taking the extra mile with my work. I also want to share the countless ideas I have for 99Gamers!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Write a story to me!

I’m a software engineer at 99Gamers, where I help build and deploy web and iOS applications such as TYDY. I am also a virtual assistant for Nir Eyal at, and a writer for fellow gamers, anime watchers, programmers, and self-help junkies at my blog: