In today's article, I will provide insights into how I manage to balance various responsibilities[Why trust me? I'm a school 8th grader, part of dev.to from 1.5 years with 9.6K+ followers, excelling in web development(visit my portfolio), completed CS50 2023 as well as an open-minded student at school] and offer tips to increase productivity for developers in any field.
The first tip is to create schedules. When I mention schedules, I don't mean planning your entire week and rigidly following a timetable. I understand that adhering to a timetable can be challenging. Instead, when you wake up in the morning, roughly jot down tasks on paper. This could be allocating specific times for tasks throughout the day. This helps in assessing whether you can accomplish your goals, to what extent, and if not, what adjustments are needed. The key is to understand yourself better, identify challenges, and optimize your time management for improved productivity.
To schedule tasks, consider using spreadsheets, and note-taking apps such as Notion. Personally, I use it in my life to organise stuff and make to-do lists for the day. I have a Life Dashboard aka Second Brain which manages all of this.
The second tip is to eliminate distractions. Distractions significantly impact productivity. The ubiquitous nature of phones and notifications can derail your focus. To counter this, consider adopting focus modes. While not suggesting being in focus mode all day, allocate specific times for focused work. The Pomodoro technique, involving 25-minute focused work intervals followed by 5-10-minute breaks, can effectively maintain concentration.
The third tip is to leverage keyboard shortcuts to save time. In the realm of development, using shortcuts extensively and automating repetitive tasks through code snippets or extensions can enhance efficiency.
Here are some shortcut examples for Visual Studio Code:
Shift + Left Arrow (←): Select the character to the left of the cursor.
Ctrl + P: Quick file navigation, allowing you to open files by name.
Ctrl + Shift + P: Open the command palette for various commands.
Alt + Up/Down Arrow: Move the current line up or down.
Shift + Right Arrow (→): Select the character to the right of the cursor.
Ctrl + Shift + L: Select all occurrences of the current word.
Ctrl + /: Toggle line comment
Ctrl + A: Selects all the lines in the current file
Ctrl + F: Finds a specific text in the code
Alt + Click: Hold down the Alt key and click at different locations in the code to create multiple cursors, allowing you to edit or type in those locations simultaneously.
ChatGPT & other AI tools can be a real game-changer for your productivity. For instance, it can provide helpful examples, like suggesting an array for testing or helping reconstruct code snippets.
The fourth tip emphasizes creating a comfortable work environment. Whether in the office, college, hostel, or home, ensure your workspace is conducive to productivity. Consider ergonomic factors like chair comfort, neutral positioning of knees and straight back to avoid health issues. I would suggest taking regular breaks, even with the focus mode technique, to maintain overall well-being.
The final tip underscores the importance of adding value to your work. Strive to contribute uniquely, by enhancing your skill set, you distinguish yourself, ensuring your work stands out in an impactful way.
This image perfectly captures the essence of productivity.
So, what are you waiting for? By implementing these tips, you can gradually enhance your productivity over time and find yourself achieving more in less time. You will be surprised by how much more productive you can be.
Happy coding! 🚀
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