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How to Optimize Your Time While Coding

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How to Optimize Your Time While Coding

Time-tracking can make you an efficient programmer because you know the areas that you spend most of your time and you can work accordingly to overcome them.

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Time can be considered as the most precious commodity that anyone could have. This fact applies to coders, as well. That’s why it is important to learn how to optimize time through time tracking while you are working on a software development project.

Break the Project Down Into Small Pieces

In order to track time effectively, you should learn how to break down the bigger projects you have into small discreet tasks. For example, if you are using several languages on the project, you can think about allocating a time for each language or you can break down the entire project into three phases: analysis, development, and testing. Then, you need to track time that you spend on each phase of the project. If you don’t divide the project into small pieces, you will get confused when you track time. Moreover, you will not be able to get a clear understanding of how you have used time during each phase of the project.

Prepare Yourself Mentally

Before you start working on the project, it is important to sit down and prepare yourself mentally. If you fail to focus while you work, you will not be able to meet the deadlines. When you have the proper mental mindset, you will be able to stay away from distractions and work in an organized manner. As a coder, you know how difficult it is to code with having clutter in your mind. During the mental preparation stage, you should learn how to declutter your mind as much as possible so that you can develop the best application.

Get a Timer

You can also think about investing your money on a timer because it is a simple and a straightforward method for you to track time. You can either get a pocket timer or use a timer application on your PC or mobile. When it comes to time tracking, you can follow several approaches. However, you need to be careful enough not to make the things complex. Therefore, you can go for a low tech time tracking tool without having any doubts on your mind. That’s where spreadsheets come into play. To make life easy, you can customize the spreadsheet using different colors while tracking time. On the other hand, it is possible for you to find high-end applications that can be used to track time. When you do a simple research on the internet, you will be able to get hold of them. It is also possible for you to download a one to your mobile phone to track time in a convenient manner.

Record Time

Tracking time is not just enough to get the best out of limited resources that you have. You need to record it properly. You can either record time with a paper and pencil, use a project management app, or use a spreadsheet. However, you need to be careful enough to log all the time that you have spent on coding activities. This will assist you to get an accurate overview of the project at the end of the day. You will also be able to present it to your client at the end of the day.

Now you have a clear understanding of the steps that you need to follow in order to track time and record. Next, you need to figure out the benefits that it could provide to you in the long run.Time-tracking can make you an efficient programmer because you know the areas that you spend most of your time and you can work accordingly to overcome them. 

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time management ,productivity ,agile ,software development

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