I don't have enough time to develop but that's alright

I've always wanted to write while drunk, sitting on a plane, waiting for a storm to go away before taking off.

What could be better than that?

Lately a couple of people have asked me where do I find time to develop anymore. They see me a lot in different meetings, so they wonder how in hell I find time to code.

The answer is that I don't have time to develop anymore like before. But that's alright. I still find myself doing some things during weekends or late nights, but most of my days are filled with different tasks that don't involve direct coding (but I still spend 90% of my time interacting with source code in one way or another.)

Here is the thing: I don't mind as much as I thought I would.

Coding is great and I love it, but nowadays I get to do something that I love even more: improving other people's careers.

We developers spend so much time coding that we usually forget about everything else needed to be a great professional in our industry. Lately I've got a lot of time to think and help my team with that, and I'm really happy about it.

Just like a developer feels great writing code, I've found an enormous potential in helping them with everything else around their code: communication, managing expectations, estimation, architecture, flexibility, and anything that helps people be more efficient.

The idea of contributing not only to a particular project with my code, but to several different applications thanks to my team is incredibly rewarding. This is the type of work I've always dreamed about doing, so I'm psyched I get paid for it.

All that being said, I still code. Mostly during my free time and mostly stuff that I really enjoy and keep me on top of my game. And I love it.

The plane just took off. Finally.

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