5 tips to boost your productivity

Tim Mouskhelichvili
Tim Mouskhelichvili
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I hope you're doing well.

As software engineers (or soon-to-be software engineers), we all want to be more productive and efficient at our job.

In our previous emails, we already talked about having a morning routine, exercising regularly, and having a healthy diet to become more productive.

This email focuses on actionable tips (that you can implement right now) to boost your productivity.

Here are FIVE great tips for you:

  1. Utilize version control effectively. To manage your codebase efficiently you need to know GIT well. Learn concepts like branching, merging, and rebasing. Also, learn GIT commands to be able to use the command line. I have many free articles on GIT on my blog.
  2. Leverage keyboard shortcuts. Learning a few shortcuts for repetitive tasks will save you time. Spend some time learning or setting up shortcuts for your IDE and OS.
  3. Optimize your development environment. Spend time creating the best ergonomic and distraction-free workspace. Set multiple monitors, customize your IDE, and adjust the brightness on your screens. Minimize noise distractions by getting noise-canceling headphones.
  4. Automate repetitive tasks. Identify repetitive tasks you do, and automate them using shell scripts, task runners, or AI tools like ChatGPT.
  5. Join developer communities. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals to foster learning, collaboration, and personal growth.

Implementing those tips will take time, but they will save you a lot more time in the long run.

See you next week!

Tip of the week

Let's say you have a TypeScript function that accepts two arguments.

How do you set up a fallback value for the last argument?

By using the default parameter feature!

Here is an example:

typescript default parameter

In this example, the lastName parameter is an optional parameter with a default value.

When we call the outputUser function, we only need to pass an argument for the first parameter.

If the lastName parameter has no value or is undefined, it will fall back to its default value.

Cool right?

Learn more about default parameters here.

Thank you for reading.

See you next week!

Tim M.

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