We bought a bunch of nice meals for thought on this week’s ask-us-anything on the Hackaday Podcast, and all of us chewed fortunately. A few of my favourite solutions got here out of the query about what number of initiatives all of us tackle directly. With out an exception, the reply was “many”. And whereas not each one of many initiatives that we presently have began will finally attain the end line, that’s fully completely different from saying that none of them ever do. Quite the opposite, Tom Nardi made the case for having numerous irons concurrently within the hearth.
All of us get caught sometimes. That’s simply the character of the beast. The query is whether or not you knuckle down and attempt to brute-force energy your method via the issue, or whether or not you’re employed round it. A number of the time, and this was Dan Maloney’s greatest bugaboo, you lack the actual half or part that you just had in thoughts to get the job accomplished. In that state of affairs, typically you simply have to attend. And what are you going to do whereas ready? Work on Undertaking B! (However take good notes of the state of Undertaking A, as a result of that makes it quite a bit simpler to get again into the swing of issues when the elements do arrive.)
Al and I each weighed in on the aspect of necessity, although. Typically, regardless of what number of engaging different initiatives you’ve bought piled up, one simply must get out the door first. My current instance was our espresso roaster. Earlier than I begin a giant overhaul, I often roast a pair days’ value of the evil bean. After which the clock begins ticking. No roasting equals two sad adults on this family, so it’s actually not an possibility. Time stress like that helps focus the thoughts on the top-priority undertaking.
However I’m additionally with Tom. It’s an incredible luxurious to have a handful of initiatives in course of, and be capable of hack on one merely since you’re impressed, or in love with the undertaking at that second. And when the muse calls, the elements arrive, otherwise you lastly determine what was blocking you on Undertaking A, then you’ll be able to at all times get again to it.