If I run into a snag on a main project, it is always good to be able to be able to go to another project that is low priority. I have also sort of liked having multiple responsibilities because the other responsibilities give me a break/change.
I like jumping to other project and doing some work on them for a month or two and then jumping back to main project. The thing is that when I jump back to other projects my attention is completely there, and for that time I'm off the project I was first working until my work there is done.
"Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence."
I don't mind working on multiple projects, but I can't stand when one immediately becomes a priority over the others. This happens way too often every day. Even when I set aside blocks of time to be undisturbed, it doesn't happen.
It would just be nice to focus for a few hours on a single task.
If you think you can, you will. If you think you can't, you won't. Either way, you're right.
2 projects at 50/50 are fine. A 25% or smaller share isn't bad in the planning, wrap up, or post-deployment bugfix stages (assuming you did a good job coding anyway), or any time you're basically on-call to provide support as needed. However, it is maddening when trying to do main development since your choices are either breaking it into very small time slices and not being able to do a major feature in one session or having your time slices spread far enough apart that you lose a significant amount of time to trying to reload your mental context from the last time.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason? Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful? --Zachris Topelius
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Personally, I prefer to work on a single project at a time. For those that say they get bored & like to switch between projects, I find that a project has several different aspects that need work so I can switch between different tasks within the same project to stop myself from getting stuck.
Working on a single project at a time is not very productive, nor involving. But "multiple projects" is too generic: I think that the ideal situation is having exactly 2 projects to work on, so that when you get bored of one or you get stuck on it, you can always switch to the other. Working on more than 2 projects is too dispersive, though.