A Guide to Software Development: 5 Tips to Boost Productivity

Nigel Peters 2017-03-30 15:00:00

Python, C++, JavaScript, C#, PHP. These are software languages that dominate our world.

The language of software, like the language we utter every day, is constantly changing. This is why it is crucial for software programmers and developers keep up-to-date with the latest trends, changes and newest additions. The demands are constantly shifting in the software industry.

With Silicon Valley coming up with new services and technologies, software professionals need to keep track of what exactly is going on. When their acumen is strong, their productivity levels remain high. Of course, for tech firms, there are always ways to improve your productivity.

After navigating through your pile of work, asking for input from your colleagues and consuming an entire bucket of coffee, you're now stumped how you can enhance your production numbers over the next week. Remember, your firm will need that project complete by Friday!

Here are five tips for being productive in software development in 2017:

Tip 1: Highlight Your Priorities

The very first thing you must do is to take a look at your priorities. What needs to be completed first, what is on the horizon and how much time is needed to complete a project. In other words, you will have to take the time to highlight your priorities; that edit takes a backseat to that new code you have to master over the next couple of days.

Tip 2: Organize Your Work Environment

Perhaps this will be debated because of the numerous conflicting studies. With that being said, before you start your workday or before you leave your office space, you should organize your work environment by decluttering, putting items in their place and throwing out trash.

Some say a messy work environment helps with creativity, while others say a neat work environment will keep you on track on what needs to be done.

In the software industry, everything needs to be done all the time on the spot!

Tip 3: Establish a Checklist – Check Off Each Item

Either the day before or the day of, you need to examine what will have to be finished on Monday or Friday. Once you have assessed the workload, it would be prudent to establish a checklist and then proceed to check off each item that has been finished.

Akin to an organized workspace, it will assist you in staying on track for the entire day.

Tip 4: Don't Overwork Yourself Today

Let's face it: you can oftentimes feel like you're in a cartoon strip (or episode) of "Dilbert." You feel like you're underpaid, you're surrounded by managerial incompetence and you're overwhelmed by work. You may even have your own Wally or intern in your surroundings.

It is imperative to refrain from overworking yourself. Not only is this bad for your health, it will also have a negative effect on the quality of your work as well. When your eyes get tired, your mind becomes numb and your fingers start to ache, it is a sign that you are overworked.

Throughout your day, take breaks, walk around, drink some coffee and try to stay sane!

Tip 5: Try to Improve Your Software Skills

Your primary objective in 2017 is to update and improve your software skills.

Do you remember when we said earlier that software language is always evolving? Well, it is true, and you have to adapt to these changing times by staying up-to-date with software.

How can you achieve this? You have several options: taking an evening course, teaching yourself with some free online resource or asking your company to create a training program.

If you are in the know then you can command greater compensation and ensure that your workload is finished at a quicker pace. Tech Beacon has 50 tips for improving your software development skills if you would like more information.

Productivity levels in the tech industry may seem to be an all-time high. The reports suggest that Amazon is working its personnel to the bone, Microsoft is transitioning to the cloud and Facebook is coming up with more ways to spy on you. All of this requires more software.

Even if you are employed by a small tech firm, your software skills are essential. In order to remain essential to your organization, or to be attracted by another group, you must know how to be productive at all times. And this includes constant learning, training and adaptation.

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