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7 Ways Developers Increase Productivity

It's hard to be productive in a world full of distractions. It's especially hard for developers who are have to catch up with every new technology to stay afloat. This article gives tips on how developers can increase productivity in a distracted world.



4 months ago | 3 min read


1. Cultivate Self-discipline

Align your daily tasks towards a goal

How can self-discipline help developers increase productivity?

According to Forbes, self-discipline prevents distraction from impulses, and activities that do not align with your goals.

Self-discipline encourages you to think logically rather than emotionally towards your goals. You may not feel like coding today, but if you do your project will be finished within the desired time frame.

Form a habit of making a schedule and sticking to it. The small sacrifices you make will contribute to your overall achievement.

2.Avoid Social Media mornings

social media distraction.

As entertaining as it is, Social media can be a big distraction to productivity. Especially when you are working on a project that needs your full attention.

Unless you are using Social media for problem solving, scrolling through your timeline early in the morning will only drain your energy for the day. You will find yourself following some hot topic,arguing with strangers or demoralised by the fake social media lifestyle.

Author Brian Tracy in his book-Power of self-discipline-suggests checking your social media after 11am for an hour or less and later on at 3pm. This allows you time to get alot done before engaging in chit chat. 

Depending on whether you are a morning person or a night owl, schedule the least amount of time for social media and more on other activities that positively impact your life.

3. Prepare tomorrow's to-do-list today

Scheduling the next day's tasks the night before enables your mind prepare for the tasks and challenges ahead. You are able to envision challenges and successes and prepare for them before hand.


4. Track your achievements

Set daily tasks, weekly targets and monthly goals. All these lead to a succeful year. Each task should build onto a bigger goal subsequently. By the end of the year you will have a whole set of achievements to celebrate. 

Author  Brian Tracy in his book -Brian TracyMaximum Achievement-suggets having at least 10 time-bound goals than should be broken down to smaller,daily and monthly achievements that contribute to them. 

Also using productivity apps like To-doist, Wakatime and Elevate will help you keep track of little achievements and keep you on the right track.

5. Embrace mono-tasking

Monostasking is the act of concentrating on a single task at a time-the opposite of multitasking. While the World likes multitaskers ,only 2% of the world's population can successfully multi-task,the rest of us cannot.

And it's not even healthy.

According to an MRI study by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) -Psychological science and neuroscience indicate that our minds are taxed by multitasking. When we attempt it, we must engage in task switching, placing increased demands on neurocognitive systems that support control and sustained attention.

To be better at monotasking. Segregate your days into logical and creative periods depending on whether you are a morning person or a night person.

People living with Attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) work well with the Pomodoro technique. This technique encourages 25 minutes of concentration followed by 5 minute breaks in between.

6. Locate your energy.

Invest in a home office

I learnt this great tip from Author and Life-coach Jay Shetty In his you-tube video- “Before you waste time ,watch this”- Jay talks about how doing something at the same time and same place everyday creates a powerful aura around that place.

The world as we know it is a ball of floating energy forces. Your memory is able to tap into an energy energy its accustomed to. Set aside spaces and times for daily tasks. It is best to have a working desk/area, reading space, sleeping space etc.

Set the same time for each of these activities everyday and see yourself tap into powerful creative energies you never envisioned before.

7. Sleep 7-10 hours a day

How much should you sleep? As an adult, the CDC recommends at least more than seven hours a day. Without enough sleep you loose concentration quickly, become irritable ,fatigue and you will be susceptible to burnout.

 Developers increase productivity by getting the much needed rest of 7 or more hours a night.

If you are having a hard time sleeping, consider changing your routine, eat a balanced diet and exercising to exhaust your body into rest at the end of the day. And if you suspect to have a sleeping disorder, seek professional advice.


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