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Self Discipline

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Something that I thought would get easier when I had more experience, but really hasn't, is the whole finishing projects thing. Once I get 90% of the way through something, most of the fun just dribbles out the bottom. This is especially true when I know how to finish it, but I actually need to sit down and just slog it out.

Another way of looking at it is that I dislike starting things I already know how to do. At least things that take more than fifteen minutes anyways. And once I get to the end of a big thing, everything is mapped out and the subtasks just need to get done.

To use an concrete example, the next thing on the plate for dodecahellspawn is to rewire the state system so I can customize the transitions via a configuration file. I've been putting this sucker off for a while now, because it's a throughly uninteresting, but fairly involved modification of the existing code.

Of course, one of the reasons I do small projects like this is to work on that self discipline thing. I just need to stop procrastinating and do it.
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Ahh, the joys of finishing a project. It seems like so much of the work is spent polishing a product for production use. Unfortunately it's that time where all those unfun "I'll do this later" things have to get completed. =)

Michael Tanczos

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Thus the truism that a project consists of "the first 90%, then the second 90%."

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