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Here’s How to become a more Productive Programmer

Sigma School
04/04/2022 03:21AM

“Focus on being productive instead of being busy.” A famous quote from Tim Ferris. Many of us today confuse ‘ busy’ with ‘productive’.


As a programmer, you will have a lot on your plate. Full day of work, Slack, email, tons of bugs to fix and maybe even worse a project deadline coming up and you just can’t get the job done. You spend a super busy day in front of the computer, but at the end of the day, you’re exhausted and there is not much work being done at all.

There is a huge demand for productive programmers as they are able to code faster, the faster the programmer works, the better it is for the company who is fighting competition every single minute. Not only that, if you want to become a good programmer, you need to take productivity into account. 

Here in this post, we’ll share with you a few tips that would increase your productivity as a programmer!

 Minimize distraction


Based on an analysis of 10,000 programming sessions recorded from 86 programmers using Eclipse and Visual Studio , it actually takes a programmer between 10-15 minutes to start editing code after resuming work from an interruption! 

Here’s what you can do: try to schedule a specific time to check and respond to your email, turn off notifications on your computer and mobile devices, and minimize the number of open tabs in your browser. This will limit the temptation to reduce distractions from other stuff. 

 Automate the repetitive stuff


Automate any repetitive stuff when possible,  it helps you to focus on the bigger tasks by taking care of the monotonous ones. For example,  you can certainly take advantage of code generation, or write scripts to automate tasks. 

Don’t Multitask, focus on one thing at a time



Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

Master your tools/ your IDE


Take the time to find out what’s available within these tools to help you work more efficiently and reduce manual tasks. Command-line is a fine example that many beginners avoid getting deeper into, possibly because of its wordy documentation or obscure syntax. In doing so, they miss out on a host of useful tools that could make their everyday tasks easier.

 Work on Your Most Important Task First


You need to have the discipline of scheduling time to work on your most important task. Work on that task first thing in the morning. Behavioral psychologists say we are at our best for about a two-hour window of time in the morning.

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