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Coding consistently - little & often

Monday 24 August, 2020

Tags: development musing

I've been on a bit of a streak at the moment when it comes to actually sitting down and writing some code for my active projects. It feels good to see visual progress on what you've been working on and I think that's one of the key points to retaining motivation - it makes sense as I've recently been coding things like games and desktop GUIs. There is a lot more to it, of course, but I'll take whatever wins I can get.

Divide and conquer has also played a huge part in splitting up my goals and ensuring that I never look much further ahead than the task that I'm currently working on. Just going over a few recently completed tasks, I feel there's a big difference between "Add Bit Battle API project to active projects list" and just something like "Mobile styling". You can see how much more granular that is and while it might not work for everyone, it works for some. The latter is something I'll initially write down in the inbox as a mental note but that'll eventually be converted into actionable tasks that I can grasp onto.

Sure, there are still times where I burn out on a project but that's why I've always got multiple ones that I can switch between if the need arises, including non-development related creative projects, like music. Much like writer's block, I've come to realise that if I see myself going down a familiar route that kills productivity, then I need to sever that and re-focus if possible. Something unrelated. As I catch myself getting distracted by switching up my music playlist and the fact that it's getting time to wind down for the day, it's time for me to cut this post.

I remain,

Jon

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