Creating an app can be a harrowing process. More than anything, app developers must be aware of rising levels of stress. Cortisol—the stress hormone— keeps us alert to any signs of danger. Low to moderate levels of stress can lead to higher levels of productivity. Stress without relief, however, can cause a self-fulfilling cycle, in which initial stress causes more stress and exacerbates the difficult process of app developing. Step away from the screenshots. It’s time to unwind with these tips to a newer, brighter, and healthier you.
1. Take a break.
Take walks for the fresh air. Exercise regularly. With a rush of endorphins and a stronger body, you will feel better about yourself, as well as about the work you are doing. Take to Netflix to watch an episode of your favorite show. Remember: too much stress spells disaster for everyone involved. If you haven’t taken time to relax, exhaustion and frustration will show in your decreased levels of productivity and in how you interact with other people.
“Burnout syndrome” is a term that encompasses all the nasty sides of an excess of stress—emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and loss of professional efficacy. According to a survey done by Statista among employees in North America, 34% of respondents reported losing one hour or more per day in productivity due to stress. Taking a break every once in a while prevents you from experiencing burnout and working inefficiently.
Get away from your phone and computer. It can be rough to sit there and think about all the important calls, emails, and texts you might be missing, but just a few minutes cannot hurt. Get rid of that immediate need to respond.
2. Don’t overcommit.
Keep track of your daily schedule. For developers, it’s common sense to say “yes” to any opportunity for progress and app exposure, but sometimes it is beneficial to say “no.” The more you overload, the more stressed you will be. Think about your options strategically and pick them so that you have time to unwind. Before you go to bed, make a to-do list for the next day. This will not only increase your productivity, but will give you a general idea of how much you need to do, and whether you have time to handle more.
Keeping your schedule from being too packed helps with getting enough sleep, too. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, values a good night of sleep. “I’m more alert and I think more clearly…” Bezos claims. “I just feel so much better all day long if I’ve had eight hours.”
3. Create an “I’ve Done” list.
One popular productivity tip involves creating an accountability chart. You can track your own progress for a certain time range, say, 90 minutes of hard work, by writing down what you’ve accomplished in that period. This list of accomplishments provides visual reinforcement to show that you’ve been productive, which can take away from the stress of feeling like your company hasn’t been moving forward. If you’re still not satisfied, then the “I’ve Done” list can be an indicator for some needed change in your plan of action.
4. Stay positive.
Even if your work is strife with disappointment, and your day has been full of arguments and doomed proposals, it’s important to keep a positive attitude about your potential for success. Success reinforces the do’s, but the don’ts will have to come from your own adaptation to your own failures. The faster you push through your failures, the sooner you can improve on your company’s framework or start the next big idea.
Focus your energy on the target items under your direct control—that is, don’t get caught up in what you can’t change.
Do you suffer from app developing stress? If so, think positively and take some time out for your own well-being: the rest will follow.