As we all know time is money, so time management in all aspect is good for a professional person as well as for general persons. If we always maintain our regular task on time, it will help us to grow our confident. It will give us some opportunities to learn about more new technology and plan for future. Now if we think about web developer & web designer, they must know how to save time when they work for client’s project as well as personal task. Here I will share some ideas and techniques which will save time for their work process and produce a better work output for small as well as big projects.
1.Very clear thinking about the project:
When we start working on a project we must have clear thought about what we will do for next few days for that project. If you study the project documentation or understand actual requirement and think accordingly of that, it will take less time to build the website/application. Now how it takes less time? If we properly understand the instruction and follow the instruction on design and development process, the output of this process product 90% of correct task of 100% in a first attempt. Rest 10% will complete in 2nd attempt. So repetition of entire task is less and it saves time for future project.
2.Create startup package:
For web developer or web designer, it is very important to create startup package for starting a project. Whenever we start a new project from scratch we will import the startup package first and then start working on it. It will save quicktime in first level. For web designer, they can create startup package like create a folder and place all necessary files js, css, fonts and some dummy html section like menu, slider, from, gallery, faq, gallery and others which they use for 90% of all projects and place it google drive. Whenever they start new project, just download the package and modify it accordingly.
Now for developer, they also can do these types of package for each technology they work. Like if a web developer work on WordPress, they can create 2-3 packages (1 for business purpose website, 1 for booking purpose, 1 for listing type website) by using combination of WordPress, basic plugin of slider, portfolio, services, theme framework, metabox etc. So that they can reuse it for multiple projects.
3.Use of good code editor:
A good code editor is the best friend of a web developer and designer. If we choose a good editor for code it will reduce development & design work time. A good code editor must have some features mentioned below:
Must have option to add additional plugins/packages to add more features in editor:-
Strong Search option
autocomplete tags & function for popular languages (Zen coding)
Active developer community
Multiple OS support
Some of popular code editors are: Sublime Text, Notepad++, Brackets, Atom, Komodo Edit etc.
4.Use of todo list or task management software:
We all are human, forgot some things is in our blood. If we use task management software day to day for ourself, we never forgot any points of our daily task. So less chance to do same points in multiple times. As per some survey more than 50% projects cannot meet timeline due to repetition of same task. So if we start to build todo list for our task and maintain it regularly, it will reduce our output time and give correct output in first chance.
5.Finish unwanted task before starting the task:
We all have some daily routine task like call a friend or parents, read newspaper, reply to friends & others in whatsapp & facebook and many others. We must finish these types of task before start of our work. So when we start our work, any disturbance will not hamper our task. Some small disturbances can also create big fault. So be aware of that.
6.Improve your search technique:
A very good google search technique might more powerful than your senior office colleague. Whenever we face any problem, we ask google to help us by typing our question. As per our question quality google give some suggestive pages in front of us. If your communication with google is accurate, google give your desire solutions page. Otherwise you do not get proper answer of your questions from google. If your search string is perfect for that question you get result in few seconds otherwise it takes few minutes to find solutions for your problem. A good google searcher will find solutions in 10-15 seconds; a bad google searcher will find solutions in 10-15 minutes or spoil few minutes of senior developer/designer.
7.Use of code bank or module bank:
Before starting your project you must analyze the known part and unknown part of a website features. Then find the solution of unknown features. Search for similar features application in your working domain ( Like PHP, ASP, JSP technology, WordPress, Joomla cms etc) . Study the application, view demo of that, understands the process. If possible download the application, modify it as per your requirements and use it for your project. Then place it into your module bank. By this way you can make list of self created module and reuse it in near future for another projects. So module bank give you extra advantage to save time in your project.
8.Review your task once complete:
After complete one task/feature just review it thoroughly and test it once or twice. If you see any issue correct it, it will boost your confident as well as save time because your working page already open and you just write the code. If you complete 80% of your work and then check task and find few problems, you will again open same page twice or three times and make correction on it. This takes little time to open the page, find the problem section etc. This is a small technique also save your working time.
9.Set priority of your task:
As you see from above picture, our main focus is to give important to urgent tasks. Those tasks have the highest priority. After that, there are some tasks that we could schedule for some other time. Those tasks were also important, but not as urgent. Then we should do the less important (but still urgent) tasks. We were not bothered with tasks that are neither urgent nor important. This decision matrix gave us the time we needed for getting our tasks done.
Here I write some easy steps to produce better time saving approach. You can follow the steps and also share your own methods to save time during work.