After thinking about it for a while, I decided to try the idea of working on only one thing at a time. Previously I was debating whether 2 or even 3 might be ideal. Thinking about it logically my attention is diffused.
I also did a rough tally on the number of hours I have to work on projects at home each week. Given it is summer in the UK my spare time fairly limited. It makes sense to focus on one thing at a time.
Small projects I will focus on just getting them done. Longer ones I will focus on a clearly defined objective that should take a week or three. So basically I am inventing sprints for myself.
It is pretty clear how a small project will work in this situation. So a small game could be conceived and completed in less than a month. Longer projects, like say a programming language would have to have a series of goals created and once I hit one I switch to a different project. I suspect there will be a few examples of this.
Books that require Screen time or concerted concentration are bigger projects so I will either block out a couple of weeks or set the goal of a certain number of chapters.
Importantly I don’t want to get bogged down with this. So “Work on something to completion or until a certain time or feature has been hit. Move on” is a pretty good summary.
What is not included? Fun stuff like fiction, gaming, drawing or books that are light in nature. Blogging of course is excluded. Lowering the quality bar has meant it doesn’t take much time or effort to blog. Perhaps in a few thousand posts my writing will start to improve.
I am also going to try to resist doing two iterations of the same long project consecutively.
I guess we will see how it goes over the next few months. Changes to how my work flow is organised are now fixed for a couple of months. To much thinking on this isn’t productive without data. It is too easy to focus on trying to figure out the optimum solution when there is not enough data to do so.