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What describes a productive day for you?

madza profile image Madza ・1 min read

Sometimes if I have fixed a bug for so long, done tasks that would not be in my competency, or haven't complete my planned tasks for the day, I often end up working late in the night to feel productive for the day.

Do you have some measure that defines whether or not your day has been productive?

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Gary Bell

Generally it's a feeling I get at the end of the day. Sometimes I can be productive having only completed 1 thing, other days completing 10 things seems unproductive.

I have no concrete measure really. But today seemed unproductive (despite 2 major merges going to our main branch).

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Igor Fil

Productivity is hard to quantify.

One possible approach is to measure tasks that you have planned for the day vs how much you have completed. But there are so many things beyond your control that can affect it.

Another way, if you are using the Pomodoro Technique is to measure completed pomodoros.

Also recently I tried another way to measure my productivity - try to estimate how much time during a work day is wasted vs how much time I spent on doing something that helps to accomplish my goals. For example, time wasted = meetings with no outcome, unnecessary long workflows, manual processes that can be automated.

But overall personally for me it is a very subjective thing that is not always quantifiable. Maybe there is a silver bullet, but I have not found it yet. Personally I try to combine the 3 approaches above.

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Madza Author

Great suggestions! Thanks for sharing πŸ™β€

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Cas Hoefman

Not today!

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Jordan Brennan

When the user’s experience has been improved in some way. That’s when I feel productive.

Automating something for myself or the business also feels pretty good too.

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BeginnerCoder17

I think defines whether you were productive or not in a day is if you completed your goal of the day or not.

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Madza Author

Do you define your goals for the day in some planner/calendar?

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BeginnerCoder17

No, I just take mental notes. I personally think that doing planers/calendars is cheesy. LOL

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Madza Author

It has always seemed like a work itself to me πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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BeginnerCoder17

The thing is with mental notes you get less sleep. I mean that because i'm a procrastinator.