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6 ways to help you meet your development deadlines and manage your time

6 ways to help you meet your development deadlines and manage your time

Meeting deadlines is a critical part of any job, including software developing and coding. Motivating teams, facilitating teamwork, affecting productivity- the ability for each member of staff to be able to manage their time and meet development deadlines is integral to the smooth running of a business.

So how can you improve your soft skill set and learn to manage your time better? Here are some useful tips on how to meet your development deadlines whilst taking good care of your time.

 

1. Master “to-do” lists

Whether you have a snazzy programme to do it for you, or you write it on a scrap of paper, having a to-do list can greatly improve your time management. Make sure you list all the tasks you need to do and be sure to add when they need to be completed. That way you can play your days and weeks, ensuring your days have structure, allocating sufficient time for important work, and making sure you do not miss anything in the meantime.

 

2. Break down big tasks into smaller units

Rather than trying to tackle complex and time consuming tasks all in one go, why not break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks? Creating small chunks instead of biting off more than you can chew allows you to progress efficiently whilst still being able to take care of other tasks at the same time.Tasks can be broken into hourly, daily, weekly, or even monthly units depending on the size and scope of the project.

 

3. Learn to prioritise

One of the key ways to learn to prioritise your time successfully is through prioritising your to do list. Don’t assume you should complete work in the order it lands on your desk, instead list them in order of high to low priority and shift things around as new tasks come in. Whilst doing this successfully can itself be a bit of a challenge, there are a number of frameworks such as the Eisenhower Matrix, Value vs Risk Matrix, Value vs Effort Matrix, ICE, and Weighted Scoring that can help you get to grips with it.

 

4. Estimate time and effort

Figuring out the time and effort needed for completing a task can really help you or organise your priorities and plan ahead. Be realistic with yourself on what you can do during each day because the more realistic your task list, the better the outcome will be. You don’t need to know exactly how long it will take to do a certain task, but rely on your best estimate and hope for the best.

 

5. Optimise your deadlines

Setting deadlines helps you to manage your priorities and they also give managers a roadmap showing how much time they have to complete their various tasks. If deadlines are met, it helps everyone keep track of progress and accomplishments without pressure.

 

6. Speak up if you are struggling

It can be tempting to just say “yes” to every task you are asked to do but it is important you don’t end up doing too much. If you take on too much and end up drowning under an ever-extending to-to list, you can end up stressed, exhausted, as well as letting your colleagues down. It is better to be upfront and say “no” or ask for help if you are struggling instead of burying your head in the sand.

 

Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: August 27, 2019

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