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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How to work in multiple programming languages at same time?

Anybody here working on projects where they have to code in Java & Python in different modules? How do you handle multitasking and organizing your programming cells in your brain well? I am ...
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How to deal with a Team lead who expects me to deliver ad-hoc tasks and asks me to deliver it by EOD? [closed]

I have recently joined a new company, where my lead expects me to finish a task in a few hours, As I am new to this project, I am taking some time to figure out everything out. There are no ...
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How to deal with colleagues who schedule meeting and join late

There is this colleague who would schedule 15-30 minutes meeting and join themselves like 10-15 minutes late (I am the only attendee). It has happened on several occasion and I have ignored it but now ...
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My boss wants me to reply an acknowledgement for every email I get from a coworker, is this fair?

My boss wants me to reply “got it” 300 times a day: every time someone sends me something to confirm I received and read the email and archived it. This has become a robotic job where I have a lot of ...
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Quality vs Development Time & a jerk Manager

Quality vs Development time As a developer I like to deliver quality. This means thinking out an sensable architecture, reading docs (in case of integrated a new package to the code base or when ...
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How to request help on a project without throwing my co-worker “under the bus”

I have a project that needs to be completed by the end of the year and I've been working on it for a little under a month. Another more senior co-worker is working on another project, but has given me ...
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How can I tell my boss that the task I'm given is impossible, but keep my job?

My company makes a product and due to circumstances that we've seen coming for months, it's going to stop working extremely soon. We've known it was coming, but didn't know the exact date. I'm ...
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How can I focus on a task when my job keeps bringing multiple small sub-tasks?

I'm leading a small team of developers. I'm also the technical head of a product that is used internally and externally by several clients. I have a bunch of tasks in pipeline which need focus and ...
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Are agile processes taking too much time in a sprint?

The agile processes are focused on increasing velocity but at the same time seem to require lengthy meetings. Assuming a 2 week sprint, if I understand correctly, at the very minimum there must be: a) ...
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Company now wanting employees to do on call and/or after hours support

I work for a three year old, small sized software development company - more or less 20 employees. The company has used from the beginning strategies of giving employees relative freedom on their work ...
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Is uncertainty about what to work on normal?

I work as a Software Engineer. The team has bi-weekly sprints. For the past 2 months sprint planning has been basically impossible to do. The manager himself doesn't know if we're going to start a ...
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Can you make half the money working half the time?

This may be the wrong place to ask this, but I have a software dev/engineer lifestyle question. If this indeed the wrong place, please redirect me elsewhere before marking this as spam. Is it possible ...
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What are some good practices on when to click “Mark as read” in work-oriented chatting softwares?

What are some good practices on when to click "Mark as read" in work-oriented chatting softwares? As a result of COVID-19 era life style and the increasing prevalence of remote working, I receive ...
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How to properly ask for extension on assessment projects

I have been trying really frantically to apply for a software engineering internship for my university graduation requirements, which I have never secured one before, and for most jobs that reached ...
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How to approach a manager that's possibly over complicating things?

Summary: boss asks for automation of task. Doing it manually will cost 30 developer-days of work, but creating custom CMS to automate it will cost 120 developer-days. How can I bring this to manager's ...
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Supervisor Consistently Scheduling Meetings That Run Over Standard Work Hours

I am currently on a tiny software team of four people. We work very standard work hours and over time is not an option. Two of us get in at 7 and leave at 4, the other two team members get in at 8 and ...
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Time management while studying part time with a full time job and a family

I would like some help, I am starting classes in the fall and I am worried that time management will get the best of me. I am a husband and a father, with a house to take care of and I normally work ...
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How to handle work capacity across different teams

As a software developer with some years of experience, I seem to run into this same issue in one form or another, so I'l generalize it the best I can. Let's say I'm on 3 teams. Team A has given me ...
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Messed up at work and don't know what to do

I have been working for one year on a data science project, from finding the stakeholder and the work to running A/B tests and finally to productionising the project. Part of running A/B tests ...
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Why do I feel like I'm working very hard yet feel very unproductive? [closed]

I'm a software developer and think myself very fortunate as I really enjoy writing code and learning about it and feel confident in my abilities. When I finish what I wanted to do for the day I feel ...
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I missed an important client meeting and hurt my standing. How can I recover?

I work for a medium-sized software consultancy in London. The company employs 300-500 people across multiple locations in Europe. For the past month or so I've had a lot of trouble with my sleeping ...
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How to get my colleague to work with our new Supervisor?

Me and a group of colleagues now friends work for a medium sized start up. We were all working fine until our manager changed. We were given various assignments to complete before and after the change ...
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How do you ask for help if you're stuck with a problem where your peers work at a differenct location and time zone

I started on a project and have been on it for about a month now (since my on-boarding) give or take. I normally pride myself a good employee, able to complete my task to at-least my own standards. ...
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How to deal with severe mental fatigue without taking time off?

I work as a remote software developer. I work on a casual basis from home, and I'm free to work as much or as little for my boss as I like, while billing my boss on a weekly basis for the worked time ...
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How to be productive while waiting for meetings to start, when managers are casual about being late

The problem: I cannot work normally when I know I will be interrupted any minute. Example: My manager say we have a team meeting (all 12 members) with the big boss in 14:30. In 14:27 I am already ...
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How to manage time for studying after travelling 4 hours daily to work? [closed]

I'm a 2 years experienced Software Developer in an Indian company. My hours are 9 to 6 but I usually leave the office at 6:30-6:45 pm. Normally my commute takes 1.5 hours in the morning and 2 hours ...
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How to organize myself in a one man team

One year ago I got a job at a non technical company. Because I was a junior I quit after 4 months and went to a web-dev company and continued to work with them part-time. Now I decided to go back to ...
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My job has implemented a frustrating time monitoring system. How should I react?

My workplace has recently implemented a time tracking system that we're supposed to use to track our time and associate it against certain activities. Every day I am now supposed to log in to this ...
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Contract / Consulting Programming Minimum Hours Per Week

I recently entered into a consulting/contracting deal with a local company to do ASP.NET development work and also consult with their local developers with questions they may have about development. I ...
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How can I ask my manager how to timecharge a work-related “fun” event?

I'm an intern at a large company, and they sent an email to all of the interns with free tickets to a baseball game this coming week. The tickets are free of charge, but we have to pay for our own ...
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Being late frustrates my coworkers, but I have great results [closed]

I work an IT office job as a programmer. I program on my own because I'm the only one who is proficient in a certain technology stack the company uses but I am part of a scrum team so we have regular ...
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Prioritizing support for colleagues and your own work

I started at my current company a few months ago and am currently growing into a more Senior role as a DevOps Engineer. This is my first time going into a more senior role and I am wondering what kind ...
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How much work am I actually obligated to complete?

Background: I am a mid-level developer at a large company. My company uses a ticketing system to track our progress on issues. Each ticket has an estimated amount of time assigned to it from one of ...
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How can I deal with 3 managers telling me to work on their tasks only?

I'm currently looking for a new job so just commenting that and dipping is less than useful. I have 3 managers who all have the same title, and they keep getting mad at me for not working on their ...
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New manager said she has enough work to fill my schedule but hasn't confirmed

Background I work for various marketing agencies. The various agencies get different contracts from different clients who want their products promoted. Most agencies give only a few hours of work ...
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Upper management told me that I owe 3 working days to the company

Some weeks ago upper management gave me the task of updating the company's website without telling it to my team leader. They were clear that this task was going to be unpaid and should not interfere ...
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New manager gives schedule hours without warning (e.g. 3 hours). How to find her manager?

I work for a marketing company that staffs various events. Our regional manager keeps getting changed for some reason. The new one I’ve had difficulty with. On several occasions she just ignores my ...
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I've been given a project I can't complete, what should I do?

I've been given a project over 5 months ago. I felt like it was beyond anything I've done previously when I got it, but I believed that since I've been given it, the task must suit someone of my ...
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Company suddenly wants me to return assets which I tried to return earlier

I work for a company part time. They know I do work for other companies. When I was working at one location, this company had someone drop off a large asset (a special printer). I was expected to take ...
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Unrealistic duration for the task: refuse or start with understanding I will not do in time? [duplicate]

The size and complexity of the task I have just received (days only) does not match the firmly set deadline, when it should be done. How should I respond? Simply say I cannot do this in time. Agree ...
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How to convince boss to spend notice period on documentation instead of new projects

Recently I've signed with a new employer and am currently serving the notice period at my old employer. There's a rather long notice period where I live, given my parameters (13 weeks, Belgium). ...
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How to explain to manager that I wasn't reading emails because I wasn't receiving shifts and therefore not getting paid (for 100s of emails)? [closed]

I do a lot of short term, temporary work. I had an interview with a company awhile ago. They decided to "hire" me and said I would be getting a lot of work. For the several months I received no work ...
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How to deal with an overworked boss? [closed]

Today I had an argument with my boss. We had some problems with our software. A configuration issue that was partly our fault, but also a problem with the support team that didn't deploy it correctly....
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Store closed before my scheduled shift ended (twice)

As part of my work I go to various retail locations to promote and demonstrate products. Normally this work is done as a contractor but the particular agency considers me as an employee. I got ...
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What is the best approach to present your interest for a new position?

I am a software developer and I am looking for a new job. My current work environment is getting negative by the day and being in a panic mode I am desperate to find a new opportunity. As a result, I ...
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Supervisor gives too short a time to finish tasks

I just got a job as a web programmer at this company. This is my first job. During the interview, they asked me to create a website, I created one using HTML and JavaScript. As I started working, I ...
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Would working on a personal project in my off time that could be used at my workplace (small communication tool) be seen as good?

I've thought of something useful I could potentially build for my team that I'd like to work on in my off time. It would be a simple tool that helps with communication. It would mostly be for my own ...
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Private or public agenda?

Question Question: at work is your agenda private or public? E.g., can colleagues see your agenda (subject + location) within, for instance, Outlook? Help request What arguments can I give to ...
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How to negotiate in an internship-interview?

I will soon have an interview about a possible internship. However there are a few things which are sub-optimal: I do not have my exam results yet - if I sign a contract now but have failed in my ...
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Time management strategies for working with a time tracker [closed]

I've started using a new time tracking tool. I have never been good at using those, but I do see their importance and I have used my own. At any rate, as a result, being a couple of weeks into the ...