Monday, Feb 10 2020

How Software Developers Maximize Their Productivity

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Many professionals opt to not take the time to streamline their workflow. As a result, they are diminishing their productivity, wasting valuable minutes multiple times a day. Over the course of several days or weeks, a software developer could be losing hours simply because they didn’t find mechanisms that allowed them to maximize their time.

As a software developer, your time is valuable. If you are dealing with complex projects and tight deadlines, finding ways to reclaim those minutes or hours boosts your productivity. Even a heavy workload can become more manageable with a few tweaks. If you want to make sure you can maximize your productivity, here are some tips that software developers can start using right away.

Never Multitask

The multitasking myth is pervasive. Many people believe they can do it effectively. In reality, they are actually bouncing between tasks, having to use a stop-start approach that costs valuable time.

Every time you switch to a new activity, you have to reacclimate yourself. You spend valuable minutes reviewing where you left off before you can begin again, and that isn’t ideal for boosting productivity.

By focusing on one task at a time until it is complete, you are creating an opportunity for greater flow. Your concentration won’t be broken by a secondary activity, eliminating the stop-start-reacclimate process entirely.

If you want to transition to single-tasking, find opportunities to minimize interruptions. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb and turn off all non-critical computer notifications. Silence your desk phone or send it straight to voicemail. Put on noise-canceling headphones and place a sign on the edge of your desk that says you aren’t available. By doing so, you can get in the zone and work through tasks faster thanks to the increase in focus.


Get to Know Your Code Editor

As a software developer, you likely spend a lot of time using a code editor. If so, why not make the most of what it has to offer?

Take time to get to know what your code editor is capable of by exploring its features and functions. Figure out what actions can be automated (such as indentation and auto-completion) so that you can accelerate your work.

If you don’t use a robust code editor, explore upgrade options. Moving on from a glorified version of Notepad to something with more capabilities can make a difference. Once you get the hang of the improved code editor, your productivity may soar.


Embrace the Power of Automation

When it comes to efficiency, automation is hard to beat. Many tedious and repetitive tasks can be automated; all it takes is some automation scripting.

It’s possible to create automation scripts in nearly any language, including popular options like JavaScript and Python. While it takes some time to get the hang of creating them, once you do, you are opening your world up to a slew of possibilities. At that point, you can consider whether doing a task or creating a script takes the least amount of time, and then use the most efficient approach.


Build a Stronger Team with the Help of The Armada Group

Ultimately, all of the tips above can help a software developer start maximizing their time quickly. If you’d like to learn more, the skilled staff at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak with a member of our experienced team today and see how our productivity expertise can benefit you.