How to Find the Time Part II: The Three Ways

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Last week, I wrote about finding more time using mobile technology. Today, I want to suggest three approaches to scheduling the main working time for your projects. There are multiple tricks and techniques beyond these, but they should give you a good start in finding what works for you.

1. Small parts, long term

Some of your projects may be one-off efforts, but if you are really committed to some idea, you want to make sure it will be sustainable long term.

Set a schedule

It’s okay if the project is planned as a one-time effort intentionally, but for the lasting undertakings, you want to build a habit. It is better to invest a few hours a week consistently than to do a few hacking sessions and then abandon the project.

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Interview: Sergei Pavliuk, First ABCs – Three Apps in Three Days

Sergei Pavliuk

Sometimes it pays to concentrate and do the whole project in one rush. That’s the approach Sergei Pavliuk chose for his First ABCs app.

First ABCs is a freeware educational iPhone app for kids and parents who want to learn the alphabet in a fun way. It comes with letters, pictures and sounds. It is available in English, Russian and Ukrainian languages.

Sergei Pavliuk is the CTO and co-founder of Idea Catcher, a mobile software development company in Ukraine. He has been working in software development industry for 8 years. Sergei started making iPhone apps as a hobby, which brought him to his current position. For this hobby project, he served as a coordinator and a content developer, and he also brought in a graphic designer (his wife, Natalia Pavliuk) and a programmer (Vyacheslav Bukovsky).

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Time Management Advice From Top Bloggers

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I’m not a big fan of “links of the week” type posts, but these three articles are so good, I would not sleep well if I didn’t share them with you. They are focused on blogging — which is one of the most popular types of hobby projects — but many of the tips apply to other projects as well.

ProBlogger has been my favorite source of blogging news and advice since I first visited it in 2009. And this week its owner, Darren Rowse, was sharing the time management and productivity tips from his friend bloggers and himself. Perhaps not all of them apply to hobbyists, because many of these people work on their blogs full time, but I’m sure you will find a lot of useful tips for yourself.

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How to Find the Time Part I: Get on the Go

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You really want to start your own project, and you have all the skills and knowledge to do it. You even wrote down your ideas, discussed them with a friend or two, and it all looks promising — but how do you find the time?

There is more time available than you think. Let me share a few ideas where to find it. It will be a series of three posts. Today’s main idea is…

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Game Project: Rainbow Land

Rainbow Land is a small freeware board game I wrote for iPhone. It has a game field (“land”) painted in different colors, and you paint your land (starting from the lower left corner) in a new color every turn to get more territory than your opponent. Each game takes only a minute or two, perfect for a short break or a long waiting line.

Rainbow Land - a game in progress
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Welcome to Five-Hour Projects!

Valentyn Danylchuk, editor

You always wanted to do this. Make a phone app, write a book, start a blog, build a boat, play in a band. Smile again, breathe fresh air, do what you like and live a happy, fulfilled life.

But you have responsibilities. You have work and chores to do, you have a busy schedule and never seem to find the time for your dreams. How can you do that, when you always have to run, and still hardly keep up with your necessary tasks?

You envy those other people who manage to do these fun things. You hear a colleague talking about a hobby project, or you see the photos your friend shared, or read someone’s blog about cooking, or see someone on TV who goes rock climbing, and you think, “Wish I could find the time. I wonder how these people do that?”

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