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How to stay motivated and finish a project

One of the biggest problems facing people of all kinds, not just developers, who start a personal project is the inability to stay motivated from start to finish.  We get bored, we hit problems that cause delays, we lose interest in the project, or something better comes along: we get demotivated.

I was asked recently how I manage to stay motivated in order to get a project finished.  How I don’t just get bored and give up.  Why I see things through to the end.  It got me thinking, and here is a list of things that work well for me:

1.  Give yourself an ultimatum
Most people don’t want to go to work every day, but they do.  Why?  Because there are consequences if you don’t (you’ll lose your job), and those consequences are worse than just going to work.  Set yourself an ultimatum and make yourself believe…