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Discussion on: Solo developer & life project management

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leogdion
  1. Keep it simple... don't spend too much time on optimizing tools and methods until you know they work. Right now I am using a spreadsheet to track my tasks of the week - I've used a markdown. Whatever reduces a friction and temptation to optimize.
  2. Separate gathering ideas and tasks from executing and managing.
  3. Do one thing at one time... you pretty much got that with trying to be "single-tasking"
  4. Time Buckets and Calendar - schedule everything for the week so you can visual how progress will be made. you can follow that schedule as much as you want but at least you begin to realize you can't get 25 hours in a day. :)

I am a solo-developer with 5 kids so I know how daunting it can feel. I talk about this on my podcast, OK Productive with my co-host. Here are a few episodes you might find helpful:

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Hah, now I see that your latest podcast is dealing with pretty much what I wrote in my comment! ;) Will listen.

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When I decided to create a workflow with project management I had this sinking feeling that it might just be avoiding to work. It's sometimes hard to know where preparation ends and procrastination begins.

I've been writing down a small set of rules to follow and on top is to start each day by doing one of the hard tasks, one of the ones I dread. If I put other such things off until later (tomorrow) it's ok, at least I've gotten one of those tasks done or started.

While I'm a bit worried about not working while setting this up I hope that it'll be for the better. If nothing else, since I'm doing everything self hosted (including project managing, git repository and web server for my .dev domain) I learn a lot and get some material to write about in the process.