So far, I have actually had little success in reducing the number of meetings that I need to attend. This is something that I'm sure keen to work on, but find that getting these meeting taken offline (email, IM etc) still has a great deal of resistence in the workplace, people like face to face contact.
What has changed though, is my productivity.. No, I still refuse to use code generators.. But I have found myself adding Code Snippets to Visual Studio at an absolutely astonishing rate. I find that code snippets provide me with the best of both worlds, I don't need to continually waste time writing the same templated code repeatedly, and the overhead of creating them in negligent.
So, what sort of things do I use the Snippets for.. The answer is easy.. Any repetitive work.
- Properties with Change Notification
- Data Access
- Service Contracts
- Data Contracts
- Exception Handling
- Anything else I type repeatedly
Basically, I find that by removing the tedium of these repeated tasks, I can spend more time focusing on the actual business specific problems.