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Productivity soars whenever I find the right side project to work on. However, as soon as the project is finished or whenever I'm working on something that feels boring to me, productivity goes right back down to nothing.

How do you find side projects to work on? I try to combine as much areas of my life as possible with software but mostly to no avail. For example, I just can't see a way to make my love life better with software.

Do you guys brainstorm actively? Or maybe do you work on something until it's exciting?

{ asked by Rey Gonzales }


Side projects do not need to be related to your primary vocation.

I don't find side projects, they find me: I have a need, I see the need of others, I'm intrigued by an idea or research, I'm learning a new technology, ad infinitum/nauseum.

Re: love lifeā€“build a two-person, gender-appropriate Sybian with biofeedback, sensors, and automation.

Bam. I'll take my 10% in hardware.

{ answered by Dave Newton }