A programmer's life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes, there is not a lot going on and sometimes it feels like the whole world's problems fell on our back. In a small amount of time, we have to find a solution to the problem. So, to be productive is the biggest challenge for any developer.
As we all know, there is a huge demand for productive engineers. Not only are they able to code faster but they are also able to write high-quality code.
Why productivity matter?
Programming productivity (also called software productivity or development productivity) describes the degree of the ability of individual programmers or development teams to build and evolve software systems.
- Achieving goals quickly.
- Benefits for customers and other team members.
- Reduce cost for your business.
If you wondered how to become productive, these points will definitely help you
1. Plan for the day:
Planning for the day like making up the to-do lists make the work of the day easier to remember and prioritize the tasks. The daily life of a developer can be hectic. They have to multi-task and also keep track of the timelines. With timelines being strict sometimes you may forget about small tasks. Planning for the day keeps track of the daily routine.
2. Be smart:
As a developer, managing our time is very hard. It means that our time is very expensive. Working a lot does not always mean that you are doing a good job. It is not something to brag about, because if you deliver the same amount of output as someone who spends less time giving the same output, we will be on the losing end. So, it would be better to work smart and take advantage of everything that might help us.
3. Design before starting any work:
Sometimes mistakes occur when you jump right into the code without first mapping the nature of the problem and logical paths for creating the solution.
The best way is to keep notes and track the changes that may occur on the way. Writing comments, drawing outlines, schemas, and writing ideas that come on the way will help us in visualizing the solution.
4. Learn new skills and stay in touch with new technologies:
As we all know, the world today is revolving around technologies, so it is better to know about the new technologies. New technology emerges on the market on a daily basis more advance than that the existing one. To keeping in pace with the trends we don’t have to have all the knowledge about the technology but to have basic knowledge would do us wonders.
Improving and learning new skills is the most important part of any developer. Not only technical skills but it is important to improve our personal skills. Good technical knowledge is great but not enough. Some developers focus more on technical skills, others will spotlight agile skills, and so on.
5. Use scrum:
Scrum is a framework that helps teams work together. Much like a rugby team (where it gets its name) training for the big game, Scrum encourages teams to learn through experiences, self-organize while working on a problem, and reflect on their wins and losses to continuously improve.
6. Take advantage of internet and learn from mentors:
Mentors or seniors have vast years of experience in the working field. They can give solutions to the problems easily. Even if sometimes, they may hesitate to give direct answers but will guide you to find the solution easily.
The Internet has been used as a mentor. Many websites will help in achieving and guidance in finishing up the tasks quickly. We just have to do a simple search and find the right solution. Using stack overflow and google brings many solutions to the problem, but you have to test and choose the best one.
7. Take full advantages of automation:
Automation is the creation and application of technologies to produce and deliver goods and services with minimal human intervention. The implementation of automation technologies, techniques, and processes improves the efficiency, reliability, and/or speed of many tasks that were previously performed by humans.
It helps you to focus on bigger tasks by taking care of the monotonous ones like updating the server and getting code references.
8. Refactor code and documentation:
As we may not think refactoring and documenting our work might not be considered a productive task but that is wrong.
Refactoring code helps you easily read the methods. It makes code maintainable and easy to read. It can save everyone time. It helps us to maintain code quality.
Documentation is one of the musts for every developer. It helps us to know about the project. Without documentation, you will be lost without not knowing where to start and end.
9. Less stress and better eating habits:
Keeping the brain and body fresh will be a challenge once you become a good developer. Developers life is full of stress and always on the move. Sometimes, you might forget about the most important thing in your life i.e. keeping your body and brain healthy.
Because of deadlines and work, food is not always on top of our list. So, unhealthy eating habits is one of the main problems faced by developers causing harm and long term diseases to our body. Eating healthy food keeps us away from all those diseases and helps us keep our minds fresh. It can ultimately reduce stress.
Stress is slowly killing us from the inside. We should not take more stress than that we can handle. Taking short breaks can clear our minds. This will also help us to take our minds off the problem for a bit. Sometimes, the smallest of the problem can be a challenge when we keep on looking at the same thing, so taking small breaks can help us solve these problems.
10. Get well-rested:
Getting enough sleep makes us better family members, friends, lovers, drivers, writers, cooks, and pretty much everything else that is of importance in our lives.
Getting well-rested has many advantages. Some are listed below:
- Better able to focus and learn.
2. Feel happier.
3. More productive.
4. You won't get sick as often