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How do you manage your projects as solo developers, I find myself most of the time procrastinating. If you could share with me some insights about your routines I would be grateful and how you manage time in general?

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    Honestly, I just do them when I feel like it - mainly because I'm spending all day getting paid to do this stuff, so usually I'll feel like doing something completely different in the evening rather than forcing myself to spend yet more time in front of the PC.

    That being said, if there's really something I *have* to get done then I'll generally just make myself spend at least 10 minutes on it (not hard, that's not a lot of time), and by the end of that 10 minutes I often find that I'm in the "swing" of things enough to carry on for a good hour or two without forcing myself.
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    @AlmondSauce I almost do as you described but I find it inconsistent. I think some sort of schedule or a system to manage time or project would me more beneficial at the long run.
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    I'm struggling a lot with procrastination too. I'm progressing very slowly in my project and that makes it at times boring and at times infuriating.

    What helps a bit is setting up a trello board with many small tasks, completing them one by one is kind of satisfactory and helps you keep going.

    Sometimes I just take a break of a couple of hours or even a couple of days, it usually helps.
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    @neeno Currently I am having a break, I use notion with a kanban board but I don't find myself using it much.

    I thnik getting disciplined and making a schedule around work hours would prove to be beneficial at the long run. Consistency is the key.

    I made this rant in the hope I get some insights on how to set up one.
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    @DocFlow Almost certainly will be, but I don't particularly care if my side projects are only developed inconsistently :-)
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    @AlmondSauce Hahha pretty solid point!
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    A todo list.

    I jot down as I go any issues, things that need changing and so on and just work my way through it as I go.

    On top of that, the normal work load is handled in Jira but the "little bits" that make up the day are in the todo list so I don't forget anything.
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    @C0D4 todo list as you said is good for small tasks.
    Jira is used by companies or a group of developers. But I will try to use it so I can grasp the basics it would be handful if I work woth a company or s team some day. Thank you!
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    @DocFlow if you can get yourself using a kanban board just to get into a process of prioritising and keeping track of work and showing where your at in in, would be a good start in that sense.

    There's a bunch of free/paid offerings out there for that, or just make your own in a spreadsheet 🤷‍♂️

    https://atlassian.com/agile/kanban/...
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    @C0D4 I can make kanban boards with notion but I always struggle with planning phases and structuring the project into big chunks I usually got lost and never look at the board again and keep working relying on my memory.
    Thank you, I hope I stick to it 😥
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    @DocFlow just break things into a "ticket" per request to start with, doesn't matter what it is, write it down.

    As you pick up a new piece of work from this list, have some kind of priority scale:

    - urgent
    - needed but can wait
    - can wait
    - Wishlist

    Then just pick up the next most important piece of work.

    It comes down to making it a habit rather than trying to go big and organise everything at once, start small with just today's work then build on it as you go.
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