Prioritising

I’ve often criticised others for their inability to prioritise, to focus on the critical few. Now it’s time for me to test my own ability to do just that…

When it comes to my hobbyist iOS work I try to do a mix of the following:

  • Develop. Design, write code, test stuff, make the app, website, etc.
  • Improve and learn. WWDC videos1, best practice, development blogs, try new techniques, learn about marketing, etc.
  • Stay connected. Listen to tech podcasts, write this blog, follow and interact on Twitter, etc.

Recently, my available time has been particularly limited. For example:

  • I’ve been sitting on a blog post or two and haven’t found the time to finish them.
  • I was hoping to submit v2.0 of Nudgem before WWDC started but I’m pushing that back to the end of June (and it could well be a little later than that).
  • I wanted to have tried Swift by now but I’m yet to watch the WWDC videos from 2014 (and of course, there will be a host of new WWDC videos that I’ll want to watch).

And so, I’m prioritising.

For example:

  • I’ve already dropped two of the four apps I had in circulation2 and that may go further, reducing to just one (more on that later).
  • I’ve put blog posts on the back burner3.
  • I’m way behind on my regular podcasts.
  • I’m taking the laptop to work – occasionally I can find time for an hour (or close to it) over lunch.

Top of the list on my roadmap is releasing v2.0. So right now, the limited time that I have available needs to be spent on finishing that off.


  1. I’m writing this on keynote day of the 2015 WWDC; there will be more new stuff tempting distraction.
  2. I’m surprised at how much removing those apps has helped with focus. It’s actually making me consider dropping to just one app… and that thought process is making me think that it’s the obvious thing to do.
  3. Putting blog posts on the back burner and yet I’ve written this one? I know… but I’ve been thinking about my approach to prioritising and wanted to post about it, at least, to keep people informed. In that way this post needed to transcend the prioritisation…
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