Habits You Must Have to be a Highly Effective Programmer

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before

Getting success is not easy, but it does come after a lengthy period of hard effort and dedication. You must be passionate about coding and willing to go to any length to improve yourself if you want to build a name for yourself in the software development profession. You should be ready for it, even if it means changing the very heart of your behaviors. Every successful developer follows this strategy. Let’s look at seven of the essential habits of great developers that you might adopt to advance your career.

Prioritize your efforts

This habit motivates us to devote sufficient time to the things that matter to us. The Chores or goals which are significant but not urgent, Covey calls them, “quadrant 2” tasks. It should not be overlooked. These can include having our code reviewed, implementing unit tests, refactoring, or paying off technical debt in programming terms. Whether it’s the simple Pomodoro Technique, the more complicated Getting Stuff Done system, or Covey’s own “First Things First” approach, some type of time management is required. I like the Pomodoro Technique in general, but the specifics of my own time management strategy change over time. The idea is that if we don’t plan ahead of time and incorporate quadrant two chores in our plans, we can end up spending a lot of time just putting out fires instead of getting closer to our long-term objectives.

Always start with the end in mind

At the beginning of climbing the ladder, we need to make sure it’s against the correct wall. At work, we need to be climbing the ladder toward a satisfied consumer. That customer could be a paying customer, your supervisor, the end-user, or a combination of all three. The ‘end’ to bear in mind is typically determined by our customer requirements but also by our understanding that systems must be straightforward to maintain over time. We should be aware of our surroundings in order to avoid being sidetracked by unimportant matters.

Steve McConnell devotes a full chapter to the concept of measure twice, cut once,’ which encourages us to spend enough time planning our job before doing it. According to a forum post, a skilled programmer spends 90% of their time thinking and 10% of their time coding. Every one of these ideas highlights the need not to get caught up in the pleasure of coding at the expense of consumer’s requirements or a well-coordinated, loosely connected design.

Consider the win-win scenario

The practice of thinking win-win leads us to ideas that benefit all parties involved, especially ourselves. The idea of making your boss look nice, as stated in Fire Your Boss, is an example of this. It’s excellent for your career, excellent for your boss’s career, and possibly good for the company if you can create your boss appear good. When a colleague struggles with unit testing, assisting them may benefit the project as a whole, which will benefit you. Scrum is a fantastic system that benefits everyone involved. The daily stand-up to make to order us to discuss challenges and solutions and avoid going down the incorrect path and keep our customers informed. We will build a more meaningful, productive, and successful profession if we strive for win-win scenarios.

Be proactive

You can’t hit something you can’t see. An accurate vision of where you want to go and what you want at the end of your project is critical. There is no chance you will fail as a developer if you begin designing a project with this motto in mind. In my early twenties, I read Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for the first time. It’s a fantastic, thought-provoking book that aims to distill life’s most difficult concerns and problems into a few practices and concepts.

Operating effectively, rather than allowing circumstances and circumstances to determine who you are and what you do. We can be proactive at work by attempting to make things happen. Talk with your manager if you want your team to adopt agile principles, TDD, or continuous integration. Make a strategy and start with the first step. Set aside time to examine and refactor if you’re aware that your technical debt is increasing. Read a book that has been recommended to you. Create a blog. The most successful programmers are proactive. They do not succumb to monotony in their careers but actively choosing a path and moving forward.

Strive first to comprehend, then to be comprehended

We will undoubtedly meet circumstances at work and in life where our perspectives differ from those of others. Habit 5 indicates that before attempting to persuade someone else to see our point of view, we should first endeavor to understand theirs. The boss who wants their employees to work late has a good purpose for doing so and isn’t attempting to make your life difficult. If a colleague declines to verify their code on a frequent basis, they may have worries about its quality, necessitating a different response than your natural one. The most significant application of this habit, however, is in comprehending the needs of the customer. It often gets mistaken to assume that the consumer knows exactly what they’re doing when, in fact, they require our assistance in researching and understanding their needs. This is why it is critical to devote sufficient time to the requirements gathering phase of a project. ‘Measure twice, cut once,’ as the saying goes. We could have a fantastic design and flawless testing, but the project will fail if our criteria are incorrect.


The concepts of synergy stated by habit six are regularly practiced by well-run, agile teams. The term “synergize” refers to the concept of the whole being larger than the sum of its parts. The agile technique pushes us to collaborate with our coworkers, bosses, and consumers. We start each cycle by identifying what we want to accomplish and how we’ll do it together.

We reflect back at the conclusion of each sprint to see how we can enhance our methods. I’ve only had minimal knowledge with pair programming in its purest form, but then again, getting a colleague to sit next to you while you show them a problem is practicing this habit. Code reviews bring two programmers together to create a likely better product than any of them can create on their own. It’s easy for programmers to isolate themselves from the rest of the world and become completely consumed by their code. To get better achievements, we must be willing to collaborate closely with others.

Make the Saw Sharper

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The final of Covey’s habits emphasizes the necessity of self-care and development. It’s the concept of self-renewal.’ Regular exercise, taking at least one vacation every year, watching football with friends, and reading about programming and listening to podcasts are all instances of this for me. As gratifying as programming endeavors might be, this habit also necessitates that we spend time away from programming with people who matter to us and doing things that we enjoy. We can guarantee that we would never flame out and when we do work, we are as effective as possible in this manner.


Any competent developer will tell you that the key to writing great code or effectively completing a project is to pay attention to the intricacies of work accordingly. The seven habits could be construed as ideological. It can be tough to focus on such abstract topics in high-pressure work situations and hectic lives. However, by desiring to work and live in a certain way, we can discover ourselves evolving naturally even when stress is present. While we must realize that no one is perfect, and no set of beliefs or behaviors is either, giving these things a try may often be enjoyable and fulfilling

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