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8 ways to be a more productive web developer

8 ways to be a more productive web developer

There are many things we can do to become more productive web developers, some simple and others a bit more complicated. But as is to save time, do things in a better way and make more money, any extra effort worthwhile.

What follows are some hints about those things that have helped me to be much more efficient and hopefully will help you too.

1. Use Frameworks

Frameworks can help you save time considerably. With them we can forget about the most basic tasks and tedious, to concentrate fully on developing the capabilities and requirements of the site or Web application that we are developing. Another great advantage is that they tend to be much more secure, it also allows us to be a little calmer. The best-known frameworks have a large community of developers around, we can interact with them, exchange views and resolve problems quickly.

We frameworks available for almost all languages: PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, CSS, etc., all have several such tools available. Even there are frameworks to accelerate the development of WordPress themes, and there are for developing mobile web applications. With a quick search on Google, and a good comparison between them, managed to find the perfect tool for you.

2. Try new tools

You’re probably used to using the same code editor long, and I know you do not consider it necessary to change it, because you think that’s fast enough already. But every day there are new and better tools much more comfortable, faster and with features that will help us to generate more efficient code.

The problem is that many times we do not have the time to dedicate to try a new tool. But I suggest you take a couple of hours before starting your next project to investigate alternatives to the programs you use regularly, chances are that you bring a surprise or simply discover a better way to use your tools forever.

3. Create a library of code own

Sometimes devote much time to a particular problem, after we get we will resolve it quickly to something else. Four months later we find ourselves with a similar problem, and we know that we face and that we can solve the much faster, but to re-do all the work?.

Save these functions and code snippets that you took so much time writing for reuse later. Create a wiki itself, archivalas in Evernote , share them on a blog and make them useful for others. Use tags and a description to identify them and get them quickly when the library gets bigger.

4. Organize available resources

Use a folder in Dropbox , or your favorite storage service, to save all material and Internet downloads, and have it available at any time. I mean, icons, images, fonts, guides, books, templates, etc..

Organize all of these resources in separate folders by category and use descriptive names to find them more easily. The next time you need some of this you will not have to search and download, you’ve got it!.

5. Develop lists

Being organized is one of the most important parts. Creates list of tasks for each day of the week, set realistic goals and do not plan to do in two hours something that you know will take 4, do not kid yourself. Make your best effort to complete tasks on time. If you finish early you will be very satisfied and you can choose from a preview of the next day or just go and relax and distract yourself with another activity.

Assigns priorities to tasks, starting with the most important. You can use great tools like Astrid and Wunderlist , or Teambox for collaborative work. The first two have mobile applications to easily browse all from your phone or tablet.

6. Divide the work into blocks

Once we have defined tasks longer divide into smaller blocks, so we can better measure our performance and avoid fatigue.

Focus on one task at a space of 20 or 25 minutes we can help create a discipline and work much faster, because we will be running several races against time throughout the day.

7. Take breaks between blocks

Take 5 minutes of rest between one block and another may benefit in different ways. If you’re stuck on a problem, move away from the computer for a moment to help us take a second wind and come back with fresh ideas for further work.

There are several techniques to manage time, a very popular technique is the Pomodoro . I admit I tried it and it worked for a few days, but then abandoned it. Personally I prefer to finish a task complete before taking a break, or rest in between tasks if I feel that I really need. Perhaps somewhat contradicts the previous point, but the important thing is to find a method that works for us, with rest breaks without falling into the procrastination .

8. Learning new things

Spend some time to learn new things is always important. Find an API that interests you and begin to study it to discover interesting things you can do with it.

Spend one hour to follow a tutorial to learn some technique you never knew it could be done with CSS3. Review the work of your favorite developers and learn as they do. It’s actually very simple and especially beneficial.

As you can see, are very easy things you can implement to create a healthy routine of work, whether you work from home , in an office, or if you are someone who takes your workspace everywhere . You can always be much more productive, and be productive means higher profits and more time to do other things that we like.

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