I wrote an article about my thoughts on this a few months ago and it seemed to resonate with peeps since it's now been read nearly 100k times: https://blog.stephsmith.io/you-dont-need-to-quit-your-job-to-make/
I think the key takeaways are:
- Determine your focal points and eliminate noise outside of that
- Think of time in tiers
- Focus on "absolute" tasks
As for routines:
- Do the hard stuff in the morning or when you have the most energy
- Time block
- Measure/track your progress
Great post. I can just sign this. Id did/do #fullstackjob beside having a 70h+ job and all is about time blocking, tracking progress, focus, and yes, do the hard stuff in the morning (I start around 3:30 am :-) )
Ghost is solid, especially if you want the front-end written for you. I wrote a post recently about how to hook it up to a $5 Digital Ocean Droplet: https://blog.stephsmith.io/setting-up-blog-with-ghost-and-digital-ocean-droplet/. With Ghost you can design your own themes as well, however I haven't tried that.
If you want a truly headless CMS, I tried Butter (https://buttercms.com). They have good docs and really easy to set up (or at least it was with Node).
- The Power of Habit (or Atomic Habits is apparently also good but I haven't read it)
- Algorithms to Live By (best book I've read in a long time)
- Man's Search for Meaning
- Give and Take
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***
If you're interested in more books in the p-dev area, I recommend more here: https://stephsmith.io/books
100% good tech. I spent years w a laptop people called “the brick” that wasted so much time and when I finally bought a Mac, my productivity went through the roof. Good headphones that don’t break every other month. A kindle that lets me read easily anywhere and is light af, and syncs easily with Readwise so my highlights are easily on my comp.
Also SIM cards w data everywhere, even if it’s just a short trip.