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Discussion on: How to find inspiration for a side-project

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Boris Joskic

I'm working on side-projects when I'm learning, experimenting with new stuff, or if I want to build something I need. For example, I could not find a time tracker application that suits my needs..either I did not google enough, or a free time tracker that allows you to enter multiple projects, add hourly rates, offers ability to enter hourly rate and has various data charts..so decided to build my own time tracker with Electron and Vanilla Javascript(no framework needed!). Been working on it when I feel like it and have some extra free time. It's becoming somewhat usable, and when I'm happy with it, I'll release it to the public..

So yeah, working on something that you need is great..at least you don't have 20+ projects you will never finish.

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Edwin Klesman Author

For sure, I totally agree.

In addition to that, I'd like to state:

  • don't do a side-project for multiple purposes: either do it to learn or do it to build something useful. Doing both will slow down both goals.
  • don't make it "too perfect"; as a developer I often worked too long on stuff and got demotivated. Shipping something and making the circle go round is awesome and fuels my intentions always. Check out this Dev.to article called "Stop Perfecting, Start Shipping" that I wrote for my Shipharder.com sideproject.
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Gabriel Arazas

don't do a side-project for multiple purposes: either do it to learn or do it to build something useful. Doing both will slow down both goals

Holy crap! 😯 That is on point with my situation right now. I'm trying to build a simple freebies resource list website but I'm also using it as a way to know about React. Yeah... I can say that statement it's becoming real now that I've noticed it.

I guess it's a perfect time for me to separate learning and making stuff a bit. I've been doing both of them almost all of the time. So thanks for stating those statements.

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Edwin Klesman Author

I'm 37yo but this old tractor has seen quite some road and knows where the deep puddles are.
Glad that this article helped you to recognize where you're at and guided you somewhat.

This is what communities like Dev.To is about: helping each other to keep on track and go about a little better each time 🙌🏻👌🏻🔥💪🏻 Keep at it! you can do the thing!

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