Working with Testlio comes with its own time management challenges. The test cycles can be unexpected, turnaround time is often short and there can be surprising blockers when executing the task lists.
How to thrive amidst those conditions, keep cool and have fun while doing it?
We asked advice from your fellow community members and added some from our side as well. Some of those tips are specific to Testlio, some more general. Take what you find useful and try to apply it!
- Try to make peace with a certain level of unpredictability when it comes to a test cycle cadence and variety in the number of invites you receive weekly.
- Check your ability to install the app and to log in early in the cycle timeframe to let the CTL know of any possible blockers as soon as possible. You are then more likely to get a solution in a timely manner.
- Keep your work schedule at Testlio platform up to date.
- If you’re in doubt whether you can fit a new test cycle invitation to your schedule, lean on the side of caution and reject the invitation. You will likely keep your average level of quality higher and stress less.
- Track how much time executing a task list takes and if it is significantly more than assigned, please let your CTL know. Giving time estimations is not an exact science and we can try to be more precise by gathering a multitude of data points
- Take full days to rest, relax and get your mind away from software.
- Be mindful about yourself and try to recognize the moments where your focus starts dropping due to too high of a workload or not getting enough breaks. Make notes if necessary to build an understanding of where your limits stand.
- Keep a calendar to maintain and understand your schedule, either digitally or on paper.
- If at all possible, don’t sacrifice sleeping hours for work. Adult humans should get at least seven hours of sleep per night and any less will make your awake time less productive. Care for yourself!