Questions around how to control where one allocates energy over the course of a work day. Where does one spend time and make the most of that time in the office.

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Defining terms: man hours vs. calendar hours

I find myself regularly expressing project schedules using two terms. I have made up one of them and it is clear to my listeners what I mean. However, I suspect that more common terms exist for these ...
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1answer
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How to avoid recruiters

I'm sorry if this comes off as a first world problem but over the past few years I have been getting an increasing volume of emails from recruiters. These emails have started amounting to a few ...
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Time management: how to stay on top of information regarding company, competitors, market and technology? [closed]

I just started a new job as software developer for the clinical market. I will be coding and supporting Sales and customers, and I am trying to organise my time as efficiently as possible. I realised ...
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How to avoid constantly helping others and instead focus on your own priorities?

TL;DR: How do you say "no" and enforce time limits to helping/unblocking others without coming across as unhelpful, and not negatively impacting your performance review? I work as a developer, but I ...
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Do office celebrations make a company stronger and bring people closer, or does it just waste work hours? [closed]

In our company, we celebrate birthdays and some Indian feasts. It helps to take a time-out, to reboot the brains and to improve relationships. My concern, however is that these celebrations are during ...
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1answer
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How to set a realistic scope of my project with a rigid and strict supervisor? [closed]

I am currently working on an 8 month final project, of which 1 month has already passed. Its for an Engineering Doctorate degree. I have one supervisor and one client(who is a PhD student). Situation ...
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How to politely decline unproductive jobs assigned by my manager?

I'm working on contract basis with an IT giant. Since I have good experience on the project which I'm working now my manager asks me to train the new recruits whenever they join. Giving knowledge ...
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Can my employer require me to work for his other companies?

My employer recently started several additional companies (all under one LLC), that are housed in the same building. Originally they had dedicated employees, however after they quit, all the ...
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1answer
325 views

Best Way to Keep Track of Who is in Office? [closed]

There is this huge passive-aggressive feud at my work about the sign-in sheet we have. Employees don't like it because it's at the front of the office which can take some time away to walk up to when ...
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2answers
683 views

How can one politely keep a coworker on topic? [duplicate]

I am a junior developer in a small team of about 20 people, I have been working at this job for about 1 year so far. Every now and then I have to ask a question to my senior coworkers. Those questions ...
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1answer
232 views

Answering “how long will this take?” when you don't know [duplicate]

My manager gives me tasks to build a program around. After giving me the task, and making any changes to it, he asks me how long it will take. I realize this is an important question for managers. I'm ...
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5answers
298 views

Making code changes; doing things quickly vs doing them well? [closed]

I'm a software developer fresh out of grad school, been working in industry for 5 months now and I am very much still adjusting to the business world. Over the past 5 months I have learned a ...
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Product Owner demanding overtime for writing Unit Tests. How can I address this?

Recently I started a new project at work (it was nice to shake off the cruft of an old project and pick up a new one) and my team and I are pushing harder for more professional development practices, ...
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1answer
155 views

how to focus on work at hand and prioritzing task [closed]

I am a web developer and i am not too smart with coding or a fast learner, i wanted to know tips to be more focused. Be fast and produce result. I have a habit of refactor code or indent code etc. I ...
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E-mail management question [closed]

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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How to encourage employees to respect their pet projects and show up with them?

I work with a team of software developers, and some of them have great home projects so far. They occasionally tell me about what a project is for, the audience, technologies they chose to build it, ...
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How do you deal with co-workers who respond to your emails without reading the whole thing, or don't read them at all?

I'm a web developer (who writes code -- not css/designer). I work in an office, but many managers work remotely, hence the heavy reliance on email/IM. I am starting to notice a trend where people ...
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Setting flexible project expectations [closed]

I work as a sole developer on a continuous stream of web projects. The issue I seem to have run into is that, though similar in style, each project requires a different amount of time to complete. ...
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Balancing mentoring interns with teaching them self reliance

I've got an intern and few a juniors I supervise and I'm having a hard time balancing mentoring them and teaching them to stand on their own two feet. On one hand I want to provide avenues for them to ...
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3answers
546 views

Working overtime in Germany

I am about to start my first job as a software developer in a well reputed company in Germany. I have heard plenty of times that one is not allowed to work overtime regularly unless its highly ...
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2answers
481 views

What is an example/template of the “5 Sentence Email”?

I first heard about the "5 Sentence Email" in a comment that was in response to this question: I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way ...
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1answer
222 views

Time management strategies for reading policy or technical documentation at work

Short version - if short on reading time (!), just answer this: My question is about ways to (a) prioritize, and (b) manage time at work to catch up on reading material and documentation that is or ...
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What is an appropriate way to tell a project manager their timeline is unrealistic? [duplicate]

I have a few project managers that I answer to, and therefore, every now and then I'll have to work out prioritizing my work, thus, delaying the work handed to me by other project managers. The ...
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2answers
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In Over my Head and High Expectations

I am currently working as a game developer. I am a recent grad (only graduated from university 2 years ago) and I seem to be in over my head. I did not even look for this job they found me on LinkedIn ...
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6answers
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How to deal with a boss that continues to do day-to-day work?

My boss (and, actually, his boss too, which is the company general director) are generally quite good. But it happens (seldom, but frequently enough) that they start to fiddle with the details: day to ...
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1answer
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How can I deal with someone who is always nitpicking?

One of the developers of my team is causing a bit of "stress" inside the team. We are organized in an Agile team (we use Scrum), and we meet regularly, both for the various "ceremonies" (estimating ...
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Is speed or quality more important? [closed]

I graduated from school for computer science. In school, I would code, and it was horrible. Then I would rewrite my code, and it was better, but still not great. Then I would rewrite it a third time, ...
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Recording the time spent on projects in a somewhat unpredictable environment

I work in a small engineering company whose engineering department consists of a small handful of engineers. We will generally have one or two major development projects ongoing, but are also required ...
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6answers
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What is a nice way to say I'M BUSY without saying I'M BUSY? (How do I manage workplace distractions?) [duplicate]

I work out of a couple offices, although I would get more work done if I were at home or in a closed office, for a real estate office. I get bombarded with a constant influx of projects that I ...
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2answers
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Co-worker takes up my time talking and asking advice? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to my job and my co-worker has been there many years. For the past 5 months she has been taking up my time, while at work, with her personal problems and I feel I will get in ...
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To complete tasks at work I have to ignore new email, yet still reference old email to get the task done [closed]

I'm having a time management issue. To complete my technical work, I find it helpful to close my email tab. This gives me quiet time to get work done without feeling compelled to look at my inbox and ...
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How do I handle non-technical project manager whose estimation is always half than my estimation [duplicate]

How do I handle the situation where the non-technical project manager never agreed to our estimated time line and as per him it should be half or even less than what we had estimated? According to ...
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Dealing with lack of work in new job efficiently and professionally [duplicate]

I joined this IT company 3 months ago for my first job as C developer. I graduated last summer as software engineer and to make things clear, this is not my first "Getting in touch" with professional ...
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How to cope with an employee who stays late and does work on Saturdays?

I work in the IT industry. One of my employee works late and on weekends. I, on the other hand, arrive and leave on time. The project schedule is tight, and others are asking me to work extra hours, ...
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3answers
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How to utilize the free time during office hours? [duplicate]

I am a software developer and most of the times when I find free time I read few news or technical websites like Techcrunch, Gizmodo, etc or read Twitter. How do I utilize this time to the maximum, ...
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How to reply to large number of cross-company e-mails that require a lot of research, problem-solving and communicating tech ideas to non-tech people? [closed]

I recently started feeling too much was on my plate and in an effort to help me become more efficient, my boss asked me to keep track of all my tasks and record the time I require. I am a new manager ...
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1answer
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Working alone and working overloaded with priority responsibilities + ADHD

I work in a very small privately owned manufacturing business (<5 administrative employees) as the only web developer (official title, but see second paragraph). My boss is the owner. I currently ...
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How to communicate you couldn't meet a deadline because you were exhausted?

I work beyond normal hours quite regularly (often continue at home after dinner) and occasionally I finish working on something but don't "Send" or finish the very final part just because I get too ...
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How to respond to your boss when he ask what took so long to finish a project?

I was assigned multiple projects at work and one of the projects my boss is asking what took so long to complete. The project he is referring to was reassigned to me with not enough information to ...
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How effective is time recording software? [closed]

Many local software companies expect their employees to log the time they spend at work against tasks in some time recording software. This is usually to track how long employees take to complete ...
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647 views

I finish the project too early, what should I do now? [duplicate]

I have been given a project deadline with a total duration of 1 month, but I finish the project for just 2 weeks. Now, what should I do? Past Experiences: What I experienced before when I chose to ...
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How to politely bring up that I need more work [duplicate]

I am working a salaried position at a small software firm. Currently I am on a team that is working on a large program that is broken down into small features, which our project lead will assign to ...
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Is there a good rule of thumb for how much time should be spent working vs. other things? [closed]

Relatively new to working in a professional/office environment. I've been worried about making sure that I try my hardest to stay on task. However, when I look behind me one of my co workers is ...
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4answers
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Research and proof of concept work for an unapproved project [closed]

I've been rolling an idea around in the back of my head for a coding project at a company I was recently hired on to that would add significant value to my company's primary software package. My ...
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3answers
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How to nurture an active relationship and involvement with your company or organization after leaving it?

Outside my normal full-time job I also work as a volunteer for a charity with no specific hours but professionally set goals, service levels and processes. It is indeed like a flexible part-time job. ...
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How do CEOs of some companies have time to be board members of others? [closed]

I've noticed in many big corporations that the CEOs or people with executive board member positions also have jobs of high positions elsewhere. How is this possible if those positions are so demanding?...
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How to ask to reschedule

I was replying to e-mails in chronological order. An e-mail from Bill asked me my availability to meet with him today. I replied any time after 10. Then, I read the next e-mail, and someone who I had ...
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Project timeframe issue

I have recently been promoted to team lead. My project manager is assigning a new project to me along with two team members. I have discussed the project scope and efforts with project manager and ...
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How to manage expectations in a business with fast and frequent turnaround times

The core business of my employer is closely related to news. Just like journalists, we ideally need to respond as and when we know that some event has happened - though it is not always critical for ...
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Need help in work management [closed]

I am finding difficulty in finishing tasks on time. And lately, this is affecting me and my professional life a lot. At work, my boss is getting judgmental about this and discarding all my good ...