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Why Improving Your Focus Will Make You A Better Web Developer

October 31, 2023
November 8, 2023
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Out of all the developer productivity tips, enhancing your focus is probably the most important because it can increase your work output, helps keeps you motivated, and can improve your quality of code. In this episode Matt and Mike discussed why focus and concentration is so important to developers and what you can do to help improve it through practice and habit forming.


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What you'll learn in this episode

  • The importance of focus and concentration for web developers
  • Why you can and should improve your focus and concentration
  • Habit forming and practice methods to help improve your focus

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The Problem

  • Unlimited distractions and a constantly demanding work environment can make it near impossible to complete tasks on time
  • Motivation can only be relied upon when you have it, it is not a guarantee that you will be motivated to complete your work every day
  • Switching tasks/context can cause a severe drop in productivity
  • Attention spans are being attacked across the board with shorter content (shorts/tweets) 

Why do you need to get better?

  • Do more with less time
  • Remote work is difficult to stay focused and motivated and you need to prove you can do that
  • Easy to get overwhelmed
  • Your focus and concentration is almost as important as your technical skills in terms of learning web development and being a successful developer
  • Don’t discount tasks that seem easy but are involved

What can you do?

  • Focus and concentration problems are something that can’t be solved overnight
  • You have to actively practice and change your habits and environment
  • Get ready for it to be WORK to get better at it
  • Lifestyle
    - Sleep
    - Exercise
    - Diet
    - Stress
    - Meditation 
  • Distractions
    - Clean desk
    - Focus mode on PC and phone
    - Single monitor
    - Background noise
    - Set deep work time in your calendar 
  • Productivity
    - Set daily priorities
    - Work timers (Pomodoro)
    - Try different task management (Simple to complicated)
    - Start small. Focus on one thing at a time
    - Brain training 
    - Take breaks
  • You will still have bad days, the goal is to lower the number rather than eliminate it completely


  • Michael LaRocca
    - Author of the Self-Taught the X Generation blog, at