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After having had that problem for years, I started... writing stuff down :D

  • I create issues in GitHub, not only for what doesn't work yet, but also for features I want to add in the future
  • I create pull requests when introducing code changes, even if there is no one to review them
  • Oftentimes before I start working on it, I collect my thoughts on what I want to achieve and what pain I have that I want to solve

Not too detailed, a few bullet points per idea usually do the trick.

Doesn't take much time, but when I come back after pausing for months, I can just read up on my initial motivation and plans, as well as getting an overview of what I was doing before I left.

Plus: Not having to worry about forgetting good lines of thought is a very comforting feeling 🙂


A little addendum:

I do the same! Issues and pull requests on Github is a very handy tool to improve productivity and stay aware of the project, even not working in a time on that repo.

I'm trying something in a few weeks that works a ton for me, I usually do like this:

  • Create a branch signing with is a feature/bugfix/hotfix an then the folder following by the current change


  • Do what is necessary on project, and go for a commit. Here is a awesome stage that I recommend the most

  • All set up, then I merge to master, always set this branch up to date

  • I find super useful in this merge process: code review! in each final merge, I review what is done and anything that comes in my mind, I comment on the lines or review the entire merge

I think that is a good way and you have all the information within the repo, not having writhing elsewhere that you can easily forget

Any ideas to improve is very welcome!


That's similar to what I do. I have a workspace in (great tool for organizing btw) that has everything for a major project, from ideas to tasks and rudimentary user stories. If I leave a project and come back to it, ideally I can grab whatever task was next on the pile or review what I had planned next.


Yeah, great tool you note over there is impressive for this kind of tasks.😉


Hey, thanks for mentioning! Going to have to check it out. I wonder how i've never heard of it.


Hey notion looks awesome ...I use boostnote to keep track of everything, but it's not as full featured yet.

Might be interesting to try out!


Same here. I write tickets and high level overview documentation as if I would on-board a ton of other developers in the future. In the end that stuff is super helpful getting back on track months later. So practically I'm doing myself a favor, not other people. It's also important to write as if you were explaining to someone who doesn't share the same knowledge at the time you're writing it. Makes it much easier to jump right back when memory faded quite a bit.
Also prioritizing tickets at a time where knowledge about the project is fresh, helps getting back on track quicker.


I've also started doing all of the bulleted points on my recent side project and I found it quite effective. Basically, the main takeaway for me here is that documentation should also be a top priority. 🙂

Well, since people in this particular thread mentions Notion, I'll just mention another tool which is StackEdit. I found it to be more effective as an organizing tool.

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