It is usually difficult to maintain productivity all the time. We tend to lose our productivity many times. The job of a web developer and programmer is very stressful mentally as well as physically. This job requires a lot of concentration and a focused mind. Usually, when people start a career as a developer, they spend most of their time coding. They start enjoying it as they are learning new things daily. They spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen writing the code, fixing the bug, and reading about the technical stuff.

But this habit is not sustainable anymore after a few months and years. They tend to lose efficiency and start burning out. This is because they have to do the same thing again and again. For example, they have to write the same code repeatedly or the same type of command every time. This job loses its sheen, and they become distracted and start procrastinating a lot of things. 

This phase is very frustrating. If you are a web developer and a programmer and got caught in this phase, you’ve come to the right place. 

Here are 8 productivity tips for you by which you can surely get out of this phase and increase your productivity significantly.

  1. Plan your workday
  2. Avoid or minimize distractions.
  3. Do not do multitasking.
  4. Master your IDE
  5. Learn new skills and work on new projects
  6. Automate repetitive tasks
  7. Go for the command-line interface.
  8. Importance of rest

 

  • Plan your workday

 

Planning your day in the morning is the best thing to keep your productivity maintained. This point is more important for a freelancer. Freelancers usually work from home and have more freedom in their work, but they are poor in planning their day. Without planning, they tend to do random work in a day and feel a shortage of time. 

A well-planned structure of a day is significant for success. So organize your day and structure your work the moment you wake up. Being consistent is very difficult, but it pays you a lot. Try to start working at the same time every day and also take regular breaks. Avoiding randomness would surely improve your efficiency and productivity.

You should also learn how to prioritize the work. Complete your pending tasks on time. Give your priority to the task that needs to be completed at the earliest.

 

  • Avoid or minimize distractions

 

The work of web developers involves so many complex problems, and they need to stay focused. If got distracted, it becomes hard to get back in the grove, and it can take around 15-20 minutes to regain focus. 

So when you are working, stop wasting time on social media. Turn off the notifications from all your gadgets. The sound of notifications distracts you and decreases your overall productivity. If you cannot avoid these notifications altogether, you can minimize them. Keep the notifications on only for the most critical apps in your gadgets.

 

  • Do not do multitasking

 

Developers should avoid multitasking to increase their productivity. They should always focus on one thing at a time. Some researches show that multitasking is also not good for your brain. When you do multitasking, you switch between the tasks, and it becomes a distraction. Multitasking can make you lose your focus, so avoid it as much as possible.

 

  • Master your IDE

 

IDE is essential for web developers and programmers. Mastering it will increase your efficiency and productivity manifolds. You need to know the functionality and shortcuts of your IDE.

So spend some time learning IDE effectively through some online resources, blogs, or any other methods. You can also install some plugins and snippets to increase your productivity. Snippets allow you to write the same code over and again. Some plugins like syntax highlighting make your code more readable and easily help you find the syntax error.

 

  • Learn new skills and work on new projects

 

The job of a developer mostly goes around coding. They spend a lot of their time coding themselves. Their job becomes monotonous. It seems very interesting initially, but with time, they lose their passion and start distracting out. To avoid this, you should always learn new skills and work on new projects

Working on some new and exciting projects other than web development will make your mind fresh. You will feel more excited and energetic. Learning new skills will help you grow and increase your productivity. This will break the monotony of your job.

 

  • Automate repetitive tasks

 

Coding involves repeating many tasks again and again. This slows productivity, and also it is very frustrating. A developer can use their powerful skill of coding and automate some 

tasks which they are repeatedly doing. You can automate command lines, text manipulation, building, deploying, and integrating. This way you can save a lot of your time.

 

  • Go for command-line interface

 

As a beginner, you can use GUI (graphic user interface), but you should use complex interfaces once you are an advanced coder. Using a command-line interface is a sign of efficient developers. There are many benefits of using a command line. It is challenging to work with syntax and verbose documentation, but once you master it, your productivity increases much time.

 

  • Importance of rest

 

Web development can be hectic, and you feel exhausted after some time. This happens even with veterans in this sector. So, it is vital to take regular breaks and do proper rest. You can take a break between two projects and perform some stress-busting activities and get enough sleep. This will rejuvenate your energy and increase your productivity.

Coding is a complicated job. It is fun in the beginning, but soon web developers lose their focus and get distracted. The web developer should practice mindfulness to maintain their productivity. 

Do not try to learn the entire thing at the same time. Go slow with the flow and maintain consistency. Productivity comes with practice and time. With proper planning and execution, you will become a better developer.

AUTHOR BIO:

Eshan Cheema, CEO of Zoptal Solutions Pvt. Ltd., is a strategist that has formulated and perfected the nuances of the digital marketing world. Running his company for the last eight years, he has helped many businesses to grow from the grassroots level. He believes that all it takes is that knack to take new challenges in one’s stride and build strategies that would yield the intended results. With ample experience, he has been guiding the young entrepreneurs in the field to date.

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