How to stay productive as a developer

  • I need to ensure the quality of my work
  • I have multiple projects that require constant attention

1. It’s OK to say “no”

I have a problem with saying “yes” too often, especially when the person asking is a co-worker or someone I know socially. If I’m not careful, it will affect my productivity.

2. Don’t forget about yourself

There are plenty of people out there who aren’t afraid to make sacrifices for their families or careers but that doesn’t mean you have to be one of them. Having good relationships with your family and friends is important. They help you make better decisions at work and can even protect you from burnout during stressful times.

3. Consolidate tasks

If you have multiple projects going at one time, try cutting down the number of tasks required on each project so they fit into an achievable timeframe with room for breaks and downtime between projects if necessary.

4. Prioritize tasks

When you have many different tasks on your schedule, prioritize them by importance and urgency, and put the most important ones first. Be realistic about how much time you can spend on each task without neglecting other responsibilities.

5. Make use of tools

There are many tools available online that provide great support for developers such as Google Docs/Drive (for collaboration), Slack (for communication), Buffer (for scheduling social media posts), Trello (for task management), and Github (to manage code revisions).

6. Learn from mistakes

The best way to improve is to learn from your mistakes. If you find yourself working on something that’s taking longer than expected, don’t just say “well I’ll get it done tomorrow,” instead take the time to stop, reflect and think about where you went wrong.

7. Find a good work/life balance

If you are constantly working late nights and weekends, it’s going to affect your personal relationships and your health. If you don’t have any free time to do things you enjoy, then you will burn out sooner or later.

8. Make time for fun activities

During hackathons or marathons where we work around the clock on a project for 24+ hours straight, drinking energy drinks and having snacks delivered can help keep us going but sometimes the best thing for productivity is taking a break!

9. Learn how to say “no”

This one goes hand-in-hand with #1 above. Saying “yes” too much can lead to burnout just as easily as saying “no” too often.

Final Thoughts

While it may not be possible to avoid burnout 100% of the time, it’s important to recognize when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and take steps to mitigate the situation as soon as possible.

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