As the world nowadays changes faster and faster, the same thing has to happen to us. We have to learn new tricks and constantly develop. To do so, we need ways to increase our effectiveness and deliver more knowledge.
Lately, we touched on the topic of improving effectiveness at work (you can read it here), and today we come back with a brand new article with new tips and tricks.
If you are interested in the topic check also Part 1 of on how to increase productivity.
We hope to help you ou in becoming a better developer than before and reach your full potential. Enjoy!
1. Learn design patterns.
Design patterns are an effective tool to resolve any problems. However, they are not copy-paste parts of code that you just implement in your code, and it magically works. Instead, it’s more like a template you need to fill into work in your code.
Either way, it’s a great way to fix your code and save much energy and time by not resolving the problem from scratch.
There are numerous design patterns, so mastering them takes some time, but believe us, it’s worth it.
2. How to increase effectiveness? Train, train, train!
It’s nothing new, that to get better you have to train your skills. But your work is not the only option. In your free time, even if you currently don’t have a job, you can try to contribute to open-source projects. This way you can both train your skills and do something you like!
3. Take part in events.
Your branch events are an excellent opportunity to meet people who have extensive experience coming across some solution that not many people knew before. In addition, there’s a big chance that during events you’ll learn some tricks and tips on how even slightly to improve your work.
It’s also a great chance to meet new people and discuss your work and the tools you use. Who knows, maybe they know something better that you haven’t heard of yet? Or perhaps they already resolved the problem you’ve been struggling with for the last few weeks. So it’s worth a shot!
Many companies offer funds for their employees to attend branch events to help them grow, so ask your employer. Maybe they will pay for your growth as well.
Even if you don’t have time to participate in them, you can find many exciting talks from conferences online so that you can choose those that interest you the most and simply watch only them. The con of this solution is that you can’t ask the speaker about it if you have any questions.
4. Listen to branch-related podcasts.
It may surprise you, but there are podcasts on the market that touch any topic you can imagine. Of course, that relates to programming as well. Try for yourself to see how much you can learn while listening to podcasts.
What’s cool about them, you can listen to them in the meantime, for example, while having lunch, taking a walk, or driving.
Let us know if you have any more cool programming podcasts!
5. Read some projects with “perfect code.”
Reading through open-source projects which are rated good for their code may be a great way of improvement. While doing it, you can see tricks that other programmers used, or they might inspire you to experiment with your code in a different way than they did.
You can look for these projects, for example, on GitHub.
Here are some examples for projects with rather good code:
- Doom 3
- Linux kernel
6. Follow great minds. They know how to increase effectiveness.
It’s nothing new to say that we can learn from the best. Those best specialists on the market enjoy sharing the knowledge with others through their channels, like social media, blogs, newsletters, and event talks, so look for some best experts in the field you are interested in and start following them!
You may learn a lot!
7. Automate to increase your effectiveness.
Like Michał Wojewoda from AnyRobot lately said on Wystartuj event, Automation is the future during his talk. Why would you waste time on things that you repeat all the time if a robot could do it for you and save you time and energy?
You can then use most of this time and tackle the more complex tasks or grow yourself to stay up-to-date. Or simply take some rest because you can finish the tasks faster. Sometimes spending a few hours in the beginning to automate parts of your work might significantly increase your effectiveness, saving a considerable amount of time.
Even if you save 30 minutes a day by automating the tasks, it sums to 3,5 hours a week. I’m not going to count how much it is in a year. Let’s just say it’s a lot.
So what are you waiting for? Automate!
If you look for a job where you can automate and learn how to do that, check out our job openings. We help our developers to build robots to automate their work and help them use the most of the time.
That’s it for now. You have some new tips for implementing into life and check. Let us know which one worked best for you or if you know any more.
Remember that it’s part to of how to increase your effectiveness, so if you missed the first part click this link.