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Questions tagged [time-management]

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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Answering questions of project failure during interviews

TLDR: Projects have failed due to lack of dedicated resources (money, employees) and not, as far as I believe, to mismanagement on my part. How can I address this to future employers without bad-...
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New time logging initiative at work place

Management announced that starting on specific day all developers (small team) have to log all work time, including non-project work: meeting time, standup chats, walks outside (during non-lunch time),...
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Do developer teams put fewer constraints on themselves or have they fewer constraints in terms of work hours?

In a given company everybody arrives between 9:30 am and 10 am. Yet, the developer team (front/back) always arrives between 11:30 and 12 pm. If this is typical, why do people put fewer time ...
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Convincing management to redo work that's already been done

My agency has been developing an application that they're hoping will bring in a lot of revenue and they're going about it the wrong way. The agency usually only deals with wordpress and drupal type ...
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How to Prioritize General Maintenance tasks when new tasks are always highest priority

I work in a small company that is expanding quickly, as a result there are many high priority assignments that come up with very quick turn around. I can't complain about the assignments, they have ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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Interview suddenly turned into job offer but I need time to make a decision [duplicate]

I had a second round interview with a company today. It went from asking me questions about my experience, and then all of a sudden the interviewer said "I'd like to make you a job offer for $x amount ...
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Manager wants to completely avoid any overtime work. How can I adapt to this change?

I'm asking some advice for my mother. She was hired around 2 years ago for a team leader and customer-facing role. She wanted to be employed full time, but the company did not want to pay for this. ...
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How do I politely tell my boss that I don't want to watch him write code? [closed]

I was brought into my company as a front end developer. Their project load was a lot weaker than they thought it was so I ended up finishing my projects pretty quickly. I decided to practice full ...
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Specifying very unpredictable timelines

I'm working on an R&D project that is quite complex and has a lot of interconnected parts. A lot of my work is changing or substituting hardware, software, libraries, etc. My boss likes me to ...
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How to professionally prepare my manager for a buggy system

The long and short of things is that my manager has me working on a project that has the most limited time scale I've ever seen. The timeline was given by the client, not determined by the project. ...
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Playing the blame game vs explaining why behind schedule

My manager works in a different city and asks for updates in a group chat several times a day. Me, and one other contractor were hired a couple months ago to work on a specific project. There is one ...
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How do I explain to my boss that a coworker isn't capable? [duplicate]

So I have this giant project that has a ticking deadline of a little under 2 months. My boss (IMO) over promised on the timeline to the client by a mile and let the client set the deadline rather than ...
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When to bring up time limitations on my ability to work?

First, a bit of background: I am a recent graduate from university looking for employment at a laboratory space that is associated with the university that I graduated from. This space is known for ...
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If you're overwhelmed at work, how do you choose what takes precedence?

I'm becoming overwhelmed at work and trying to choose what work I perform first. There is one customer that has a system which is already live, but it breaks frequently. This is a newer issue and it ...
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Manager is over-simplifying project tasks and timelines

I'm working as an offshore ERP Development Lead with a BPO Company and have a Onshore Manager ("MM"). Apart from being a developer, I also do a lot of Support and Testing work, since we're a bit short-...
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Should I inform my colleague/manager that I get sudden “bad days”?

Some context: I work as a programmer at a large sized company in the Netherlands. I have been working there for nearly 2 years and so far (this is also my first job), I haven't heard anything negative ...
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How to properly ask for help from a coworker?

I am new and learning the system. When I ask this coworker whether he has time to talk about some questions I have, he always answers yes. Sometimes he clearly means it and we talk in-depth about my ...
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Dealing with long periods with no work

Background Information I work as a junior software developer for a large company and am a part of a small team of developers. A lot of our work has been outsourced to an offshore team. Recently some ...
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How to deal with productive procrastinators? [closed]

I have a worker in my company that works like twice as good as any of my other workers! twice as fast with twice as quality! But he is madly procrastinating and can't be relied on! Sometimes he comes ...
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Should you let a potential employer know about another opportunity you have to help accomodate? [duplicate]

So that question may sound a bit weird, but it's a bit of a complicated situation. So recently I was landed an offer by the math department at my college to work on a special research program over the ...
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I work on many projects, have a hard time prioritizing and feel guilty about that [closed]

Similar questions: What to do when different project managers insisting that I must work on their requests immediately? and Constantly pulled onto different tasks/projects, becoming exhausted ...
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Late to work because of my small child

I've worked for this company for 6 years. I just started a month and a half ago, at an office in the circulation department. I came in late 2 days in a row due to dropping my two-year-old at my mom'...
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Potential employer is taking a long time to set up an interview. Is this a sign of bad company culture? [closed]

After applying for a position in a local company, I received an email about setting up an interview. My response was that I could do it anytime after my current working hours this week (I told them my ...
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My manager is not delegating tasks [duplicate]

My manager and I are meant to have weekly catch-ups when she assigns me tasks and responsibilities. However, for the last 6 months she has been very busy and thus we don't have regular catch-ups ...
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Better use of Work Time and time spent on SE [closed]

I have recently become more engaged to this and other Stack Exchange sites, and I am happy with it. Since I joined the network, the questions and answers I have seen in TWP, Stack Overflow, and other ...
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Is it unprofessional to have a quiet alarm for your own finishing time?

At my current job - a UK-based development company - I set a vibrate-only alarm on my phone that goes off for only a second at 5:30 pm (which is my official end time). I don't like to literally watch ...
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Manager didn't open the office until an hour after my shift started, should I still leave on time? [closed]

a bit of background to the question, I'm a junior developer and we have recently been given flexitime which so far is working well as I get to start at 8am and leave at 4:30pm. Today I arrived at 7:...
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How can I increase focus when doing something boring?

I'm a senior software dev at a contractor company. The issue I'm asking about goes as follows: When I program or debug or do something I like, I'm super-fast. I'm fast enough that I do tasks in 50% ...
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2answers
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Client is personally asking me to change a colleague's work while he's absent [closed]

I am currently working as a junior C# developer in the Netherlands. Last Wednesday, a senior developer, who was working for a client I never met, went on a summer trip for 4 weeks. Before he left, he ...
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14answers
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How do I deal with a subordinate that insists on providing too much detail?

I have a junior developer that has become a drain on my time. Several times a day, he either stops by my office, or grabs me as I pass by his (his office is centrally located, so that I'd have to ...
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How to handle being late

I hate being late and usually am early, though on occasion I still arrive late. This is embarrassing but today I had a large coffee before leaving for work, and I had to get off the bus to use the ...
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When do I to tell my boss I'm out of work to do?

I'm a software developer, but I'm not the "manager of my time" because I have a boss who gives me tasks and deadlines. Sometimes I happen to be inactive for hours, sometimes even days. During these ...
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How to convince management of changing unethical billing practices?

Throwaway account because others can trace accounts back to me and my company. Related to Unethical Billing Practices?, but different question. I work for a software development company, and I work ...
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Proper utilization of my time at work

I am an experienced developer. As such tasks that are assigned to me get done usually ahead of schedule, which I always thought was a good thing. It so happens that sometimes there is some slack time ...
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A Tale Of Two Receptionists [closed]

One works early morning to afternoon (say 7 AM to 3 PM) and the other comes in 11 AM to 7 PM. So for several hours during the day, they overlap. The later time receptionist is also chronically late ...
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How can I gain the confidence of a team when had lost it due to my actions

I have been working in a team and I lost my reputation by - Overcommitting and underperforming on tasks Missing deadlines Coming in late to the office Spending my time talking with colleagues, ...
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A new hire is asking tons of questions which takes up a lot of my time

I am trying to create a culture where developers attempt to solve their own problems first before approaching me. Right now, it is the opposite. They come to me as a first resort. Of course, I will ...
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How can I tell my boss I have not been successful in completing an assignment?

I received an assignment almost 2 weeks ago that I have not been able to complete, due to lack of support, both from inside and outside my company, despite reaching out for assistance both in and ...
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How to tell boss that I cant work on the project, but he promised the client that I would?

I'm working as a developer in a small company for almost 10 months now. I got my IT Bachelor's degree, and I'm starting my second bachelor in April. I usually develop websites, apps and html emails. ...
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How do I approach my boss about staying later? [duplicate]

In my job I have a lot of small tasks all the time, and typically two or three larger ones at any given time. I'm also the go-to person for a number of things in my team, as I'm the one who ...
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How can I schedule my day to ensure that the “boring but necessary work” isn't ignored in favor of the fun work

So In my job there is fun work* that I enjoy doing and boring-but-necessary work** that I loathe. It's about a 60/40 split, but because the fun work is fun and interesting I usually ratchet it up to a ...
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How can I more accurately give time scales at work? [closed]

I'm a junior web developer and I've been working on an ongoing website for the last 6 months. Last Friday I went and spoke to the client and he asked me to give time scales for my next section of ...
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Auditing time while waiting for tasks

Sometimes it seem that my day just go by and i am unable to justify myself, where i spend and doing what. I am in a new role, where i am waiting for a external company to provide design and i can ...
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How to approach discussion about using personal mobile devices at work? [closed]

November 2016 - Facebook and iPhone has been around for more than a decade - and yes - I'm using social media, networking, everything. Many people in the office use their personal mobile devices too. ...
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My manager said I spend too much time on Stack Exchange. How can I prove its value?

I was recently speaking with my manager, who stated that while my work is satisfactory, they've been noticing I'm spending a lot of time of Stack Exchange. I find Stack Exchange to be very informative ...
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Need an email format to communicate employees maintain clean office pantry/conference room [duplicate]

I work as a receptionist at a real estate company. I want to send an email to employees telling them to keep the conference room and pantry clean. For example, turn off the projector after meetings, ...
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How do ensure meetings with my manager are on time and not rescheduled at short notice? [duplicate]

I work for a Software company, in the US. My manager always reschedules or shows up late for meetings. They often cancel one to one meetings that are scheduled bi-weekly. Even though it does not ...
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Discussing situation before resigning [closed]

I had a look at this post, and it is helpful but i would need some more help, i started in a company and currently on my probation. I have mismanaged everything and i been out of job for many months, ...
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How can I manage up with a supervisor that doesn't respect time?

I'm currently freelancing on a project, and my supervisor has time management issues. He doesn't respect other people's time - or at least doesn't respect the time I reserved with him. Examples ...