We finish the season of interviews with a discussion of how to set a pace that leads to success.  We often refer to milestones and steady progress as productivity tools.  However,  here are some steps you can take to find success.  Sometimes the most significant obstacle is our focus and prioritization.

Set A Pace – Assume A Marathon

The side hustle is often a form of drug for an entrepreneur. First, we see a problem and a solution.  Then, we want to get that solution to those that need it most.  That is part of what drives us and energizes us.  Therefore, it only makes sense that we will sacrifice a lot to achieve that goal or vision.  However, we are still human and need to plan our schedules with our limits in mind.

Assume that your project will be a marathon and not a sprint.  Thus, the schedule for each day and week must be one you can maintain over time.  Do not fill your days with work and no rest for long periods. Instead, set a pace you can keep, and that takes your rhythms and needs into account.

Declining Productivity

Developers suffer from an inability to self-assess, similar to drinking and driving.  Some will even argue they drive better after a few alcoholic drinks.  Likewise, some developers think more hours always equals improved productivity.  Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.  Lack of rest and sleep can drastically reduce your hour-over-hour productivity.  Even worse, several adverse health effects are linked to long work hours.

 

Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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