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mrstebo9514yI feel the same way sometimes. I've just got round it by planning my personal projects more carefully. I now use issue boards for my todo list so I know what I need to work on when I have time.
That way you can see all the tasks you need to complete, and based on how burnt out you feel, you could pick up a small one, or if you feel in the zone you can pick a mammoth 🤘
I don't put deadlines on my issues either, because personal projects stop being fun when you add unnecessary stress 😅
Cyanite88974yI just treat my personal project as a job. x3
gary6904yEasy. I wanted to get rich more than I wanted to rest.
I had a part time job as a game programmer after university and somehow I still worked on my own games.
And this way I built my company and just hired an employee yesterday for my company but I sure destroyed my physical health.
I just dropped most of them. Sometimes I think about starting a project but after planning a bit in my head I usually decide that it requires to much effort and brings to few advantages so I let it be.
Start small, create small progress everyday (or as you can).
Don't put deadline on it.
Create a mental imagination that you were an elite programmer. You create a program to save the world (or dominate it)
For me the issue was that work (after a while) wasn't too excited because it's a lot of the same things.
So when I got home I too was exhausted and didn't felt like doing personal projects.
However I turned it around as the exciting part for me is really the learning, so I started looking at different frameworks that I thought was interesting.
Currently I'm just getting into react js 😀
I think most people really enjoy learning so maybe that'll do the trick for you as well.