Tips that will help you boost your productivity as a developer.
In this article I want to talk about something that we all struggle with. It doesn’t matter what type of developer you are, what skill level you are at, which language you work with.
Being productive is something that we’ve all struggled with at least at some point in our careers. I’ve addressed this a few times but I wanted to come up with some solid tips to be more productive.
These tips are from my own struggles and the things I’ve done to try to work on them. It’s also true that I have a long way to go and I still get off track but overall, these steps have helped improve my productivity and my success as a developer.
The first tip is to be less random. There are a lot of ways to go about this. You could manage your time better, be more organized, etc. But for me, I used to have a very random workday where I just took things as they came. This applies especially to people who either work from home or have a lot of freedom in their workday.
Even if you work for a company, if the way that your company runs gives you the freedom to pretty much do what you want, then it’s up to you to structure your workday correctly.
It does take a lot of self-control but it pays off to be consistent even from the moment you wake up. You have to start work at the same time every day. The same with breaks — try and take breaks at the same time every day. If you have structured days and you stop being random in your workflow, you’ll be much more productive.
I’m mostly talking about wasting time on websites like social media or even constantly checking the news. The reason I do all my social media and stat checking, etc in the morning before I start work is to get them out of the way. We all have websites that we’re addicted to and it could be social media or maybe you’re big into sports or politics and you’re constantly checking new sites.
Taking breaks is important but they should be planned breaks, not spur-of-the-moment visits to Facebook or Twitter. And you want to turn off notifications. If you’re in the middle of programming or doing something that requires your full attention, and you get these desktop notifications (maybe someone responded to a tweet or something like that), it can throw you off. So I would suggest at least turning them off for the workday.
If you find it hard stopping to stop going to Twitter or Facebook, some apps and extensions can help you with that as they’ll block you from going to those sites at certain times.
If you work for a company that already has a strict workflow, then you already have it mapped out for you. Scrum is pretty popular in companies when you’re dealing with large projects with multiple developers.
So just be sure to follow it. If you’re planning your projects, then you want to have some kind of template or framework or checklist that you follow. From gathering materials to all the way to deployment and maintenance. This is hard when you first get started.
I’d suggest chunking your work into small tasks. So instead of having a task like, let’s say, create REST API, you want to look at the models and database resources. You’re going to create the routes for tests. So “create REST API” shouldn’t be a task, it should be a category of tasks. You want to break things up.
Another thing to look into is automation. For things like bug tracking and deployment, there are a lot of services out there that can help automate that stuff. Anything that can just increase your productivity and make things move along faster is good.
So to keep track of your tasks and projects, you should use some kind of project management tool. Monday.com is an excellent platform, kind of a shameless plug there. But there are hundreds of choices and you may have some that you’ve already worked with. You may have to try a couple of different tools out there to compare and contrast.
I like tools that are simple and browser-based. But there are so many that they have standalone web apps, browser extensions, desktop apps, mobile apps. And then sometimes you have services that are a combination of these.
So to work faster you must have to create some snippets in your text editor. Snippets allow you to not have to keep writing the same code over and over. This is one example of what you can do to code faster.
Keyboard shortcuts are also huge whether you use Visual Studio code or some other text editor or IDE try and learn the keyboard shortcuts. It’s going to take time and practice to learn them. But once you learn them it’s going to increase your speed dramatically.
Work on your typing speed, the one thing that I would suggest is z-type. Which is a really fun game where you shoot down spaceships and stuff like that. It’s something that I’ve used to try and increase my type speed it’s also fun.
So you can use tools to speed things up like Emmet. Which is used for HTML and CSS, so you don’t have to type out the full HTML. Beginning and end tag and all your Styles and stuff like that so just look for tools like that to increase your code speed.
I think coding is kind of like working out at the gym if you work out for a great hour you build muscle. But if you go much longer than that your body starts to get over-trained and it has the opposite effect. So I think that the same is true with your brain. If you overtrain if you are gonna get down, burnt out, and not only that you’re also gonna lose your focus, lose ambition, lose your desire for coding.
When I am stuck on something for hours, I take a break than I usually figure it out. Because I was able to clear my head for a little bit come back refreshed and then the solution is clear to me again. I suggest a 5–10 Min break in every couple of hours.
So the last tip is to always be learning and it’s easy to fall out of the habit of learning. Things once you get a job as a developer or once you start working you get complacent with the technologies. You’re using it at work however in my experience if you stop learning new things your passion kind of goes out the window. If that happens your work suffers, so I always suggest having some kind of side project that is out of the scope of your daily work and technologies.
So, I have included 7 tips to boost your productivity (for both company workers and freelancers). The list can be longer but I have selected these tips as per my own mistakes and experiences. Please feel free to provide your response.
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Hello, I am Harendra Kumar Kanojiya - Owner of this website and a Fullstack web developer. I have expertise in full-stack web development using Angular, PHP, Node JS, Python, Laravel, Codeigniter and, Other web technologies. I also love to write blogs on the latest web technology to keep me and others updated. Thank you for reading the articles.