Organized Programmer

(7 minutes of reading time) Do you work 12 hours a day and still can't achieve your daily project delivery goals? Is there a lack of organization in your routine?

Organized Programmer

(7 minutes of reading time)


In this digital age, we are bombarded with information, and we are connected 24 hours a day, which, in addition to generating a lot of anxiety, also leads to distractions and a lot of wasted time.

In today's text we will talk about how to avoid this waste of time and be a more organized programmer. Come and check!


ORGANIZE YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT

Whether at home office or at the company, your work desk must be clean and organized. In addition, your computer must also be organized. Don’t use thousands of icons and shortcuts, organize them so you can find everything quickly and easily.


BEWARE OF DISTRACTIONS

While programming, turn off all notifications on your computer and cell phone, because every time you stop to read a message or see a notification, you lose focus and waste time.

Set time goals, focus, and only stop after you hit that pre-set time goal.


MAKE USE OF TASK MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Each person controls their tasks using different approaches, however, it is important to have a control and, a great approach is to use a task management software as it is often difficult to remember everything on your own.

As a good programmer, you know that technology is an ally and can be useful in helping to deal with our daily challenges.

There are several apps that can help you manage your routine, such as:

Trello: helps organize tasks
Notion: manages tasks
Todoist: distributes activities in lists
Evernote: creating notes
Google Keep: helps in creating lists and notes
Google Calendar: sync events and appointments with calendar


INSPECT THE QUALITY OF YOUR CODE

Create a clean and simple code, it will save you a lot of time and will help you in the quality of your code.

Another important thing is to inspect your code all the time. For example, you can use SonarQube, which makes daily reviews of your code in 29 languages, such as PHP, Java, JavaScript, Python, C#, C, C++, among others.

Another possibility is to use some module, such as Standard JS.

Another way to save time is to make use of shortcuts, snippets, and templates (ready-made pieces of code with gaps to be filled in), as they help to deal with instructions, snippets, blocks, and parts of source code. It is also interesting to customize complex shortcuts, which go beyond those available in the operating system.


HAVE A GOOD HARDWARE AND A GOOD INTERNET CONNECTION

It is impossible to work without a good computer and good internet.

In addition, today there are some hardware solutions that can greatly improve productivity, such as multiple monitors and mouse with programmable buttons, which can reduce the time needed to perform tasks. In addition, there are applications that modify the desktop to make it more efficient.


ARE YOU STUCK IN A PROBLEM? MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE AND, THEN, COME BACK LATER TO TRY TO SOLVE THE PREVIOUS ONE

Who have never spent hours trying to solve a bug, gave up and when tried again have solved the problem in few minutes?

When you are stuck on a task for a long time you start looking for the solutions (or errors) in the same place and find nothing. If you jump to another task and come back later you will be better positioned to solve the problem.


START YOUR ROUTINE WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK

Start your day with the most important task, because if you start working on the less important ones first, when you get to what really matters, you will already be tired and without energy.

Make a list of priorities for the day and start performing tasks from most important to least.


MASTER A TEXT EDITOR

Mastering a good text editor helps you create code faster, even allowing you to automate some aspects of code creation and testing, so it's worth picking and mastering it.


AUTOMATE

Every programmer knows how important it is to put the machine to perform repetitive tasks. Then, automate your tests, deployment, code reviews, environment creation, etc.


UPDATE

The more you study and understand something the faster and better you perform tasks, so look for ways to update yourself: take courses, go to events, and talk to other developers, soon you will be a productive programmer and be able to do what you do today in half the time.
 

HAVE METRICS

It's very abstract to say if you are productive or not. So define daily goals so you can assess whether you're being productive. Of course, you must consider the complexity of the project and don't forget to leave some time to rest.


DOCUMENT EVERYTHING YOU CAN

Document each step of the project as these records show how your work is progressing, and reviewing this documentation helps you understand how the project is progressing and planning.


DEFINE THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT

By defining the scope of the project, you will be able to understand the different stages of work, so you will be able to have a better planning of all the effort needed in each of the stages. Determining each phase of the project helps to plan more accurately everything that will be needed.


ORGANIZE A WORKABLE SCHEDULE

Once the scope is defined, it is necessary to organize when each of these phases will be done and how much time each of them will need.

With this, the project schedule is organized, which avoids frustrations on the programmer's and client's side.


WELL-BEING

Programming requires a lot of our brain, as it involves logical reasoning and a lot of concentration. Not to mention the concerns with deadlines and the need to always be aware of new market technologies end up causing stress. Therefore, it is very important to try to keep your brain comfortable and motivated.

Here are some things that can help: take breaks during the day, listen to music, exercise, have a hobby, eat healthy, and more.


DO ONE THING AT A TIME

A survey by the US National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that professionals who do many tasks at the same time are less productive. This happens because the brain cannot focus on two cognitive activities at once.


AVOID PROCRASTINATING

Procrastinating can have a negative impact on your productivity. Thus, setting goals and stipulating deadlines for the completion of each activity helps to avoid delays and an exhausting routine.

With everything organized, there will be time for fun, with relaxing and pleasurable activities (playing sports, watching movies, and reading), which can make the routine lighter.

Being productive is not the same as working compulsively. Rest is essential to regain energy.


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