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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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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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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How can I “kill” time at work when there is no work for me to do?

I am a chemical engineer, and I have been spending much of the last two months doing nothing (either surfing the web or chatting with other employees) since my project has been very slow. The company ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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What is a 'friendly' way to let managers know that having good developers is a privilege?

I work for a small company, where we recently had a change of managers. The new manager has no experience managing developers, and the old manager has moved into a development role to fill in gaps ...
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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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Defining terms: man hours vs. calendar hours [closed]

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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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 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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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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What to do when different project managers insisting that I must work on their requests immediately?

There are 5 project managers who keep coming to me and insisting that their requests are urgent and I find myself switching between 4 different projects, while I am supposed to work on only 1 project ...
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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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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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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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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 to tell managers you've been given too much responsibility as a junior?

As a junior developer I've been on two projects at once, One was a rather big project that had the whole team working on it but the second one is a smaller project that only I am working on. I'm ...
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Best approach for getting company out of a rut

I've worked as a computer programmer, manager, professional for close to 25 years. My new job has great pay and great people but due to a very odd management style (way too many layers) and years of ...
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Do some businesses quantify the cost of a conversation?

I'm moving into day three of a conversation at work about whether to solve a problem by purchasing a $100 piece of equipment. It's a serious problem: our finance group lost of week's worth of time ...
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How to communicate with two project managers if there are time conflicts between the two projects

I am recently involved in two projects. Both have tight deadlines. One project manager hopes that I can finish his tasks by the early next week. Another project manager hopes that I can finish her ...
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Need to shuttle 4+ hours but could do the job at home [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker, so please excuse my grammar. I am 22 years old working in an other town as a full time web developer currently living in Germany. I am the only web developer in a ...
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What's the most efficient way of tracking employee hours?

I'm trying to change the way we do things at our company of 10 people. We can't afford, or better we don't need a full time HR person. Most of our company comprises of developers, and historically ...
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Small general construction business that needs help getting crew to provide DETAILED info on exactly what tasks they did and how long it took

Cliff note version, we need to be able to provided detailed info about what tasks each crew member did on a daily basis. Easy example, we cannot justify billing a customer x amount when currently ...
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How can I keep my team's enthusiasm [closed]

I am a young entrepreneur with a brand new start up. I am still at school and so are my developers. The thing is one of my developer left the project because he couldn't spare enough time to work on ...
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Does my boss have any say on when my team should take their lunch breaks?

I'm a project manager working for a startup. Since I've been here, we've never had a set time for lunch, and just taken our breaks at whatever time we wished, for one hour. Our boss (the CEO) ...