There are many things we can do to become more productive web developer; some very simple and others a bit more complicated. But as it is to save time, do things better and make more money, any extra effort worthwhile.
Here are some clues about those things that have helped me to be more efficient and I hope they will help you too.
1. Use Frameworks
The frameworks can help us save time considerably. Without them, we can forget the most basic and tedious tasks to focus fully on developing the capabilities and requirements of the site or web application that we are developing. Another great advantage is that often much safer, which also allows us to be a little calmer.
2. Test with new tools
You’re probably used to using the same code editor for a long time, you know well and do not consider it necessary to change. But every day there are new and better; more comfortable, fast and with features tools that help us generate code more efficiently.
The problem is that, we often do not have the time to dedicate ourselves to try a new tool. But I propose to take a couple of hours before starting your next project to investigate alternatives to the programs you use regularly, chances are you take a surprise or just discover a better way to use your tools ever. You can find all tools here: 15+ Websites to test Web and Programming Codes Online
3. Create a library of Your own code
Sometimes we spend much time on a particular problem, after we got going we quickly resolve to something else. Four months later we meet with a similar problem, we know that we faced it and we can solve it much faster, but so do all the work again?
Save those functions and code snippets that took you so long for reuse later. Create a wiki for yourself, archive them in Evernote, or any other apps you use, share them on a blog and make them useful for others. Use tags and description to identify them and get them quickly when the library is bigger.
4. Organize the available resources
Use a folder in Dropbox, or to your favorite storage to save all material downloaded from the web and thus make it available at any time. I mean icons, images, fonts, guides, books, templates, etc.
Organizes all these resources in separate categories and uses descriptive names to find them more easily from folders. The next time when you need some of this, you will not have to re-search and download!.
5. Develop lists
Being organized is one of the most important part for everyone. It saves time and makes things easier. Create lists for each day of the week, set realistic goals and do not plan to do in two hours something that you know will take time in 4. Do not deceive yourself. Make your best effort to complete tasks on time. If you finish before you will be very satisfied and you can choose a preview of the next day or just go to relax and distract yourself with another activity. Refresh your mind and it will help you to come again and another best additional ideas/
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 check everything from the phone or tablet.
6. Divide the work into blocks
Once we have defined the tasks we can divide the longest in smaller blocks, so we can better measure our performance and avoid fatigue.
Concentrate on one task for 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 the clock throughout the day.
7. Take breaks between blocks
Take 5 minutes or more break between one block and another; it may benefit in different ways. If we’re stuck on a problem, going away from the computer for a moment will help us take a second wind and return with fresh ideas to continue the work.
There are several techniques for managing time is a very popular technique Pomodoro. I recognize that the tried and it worked for a few days, but then gave it up. I prefer to finish a particular task complete before taking a break or rest in between tasks if I feel I really need. Perhaps a bit contradict the previous point, but the important thing is to find a method that works for us with the necessary breaks without falling into the procrastination.
8. Learn new things
Spending some time to learn new things is always important. Search an API that interests you and begins to study it to find out interesting things you can do with it.
Dedicating one hour to follow a tutorial to learn some technique you did not know it could be done with CSS3 or newer. Reviews the work of your favorite developers and learn how to do the same. It’s actually very simple and especially beneficial.
As you can see, they are very easy things you can put into practice to create a healthy routine work, whether working from home, in an office, or if you are someone who takes your workspace everywhere. It is always possible to be much more productive, and being productive means higher profits and more time for other activities we like.