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  1. Great article Carrie!

    You hit the nail on the head. Automating repetitive tasks and proper time tracking both struck a cord with me. For the longest time I would custom build my child themes from scratch for each project simply out of habit (I’m a Genesis guy so always working on the Genesis Framework). When I finally took the time to build a proper base child theme it was well worth it. It makes my deployment of a development site much quicker, and also ensures that I’ve covered all the bases I want to cover in my base theme. Also, I keep it on GitHub so I can easily modify it as needed and keep track of past version.

    Time tracking was also a game changer for me. Initially I would track time on a spreadsheet. This obviously didn’t work for long and was very time consuming. I now use Harvest religiously. Not only is it a huge time saver, but it consolidated my time tracking, much of my accounting and my invoicing all in to one site. It’s also a heck of a lot more professional than a PayPal invoice and a manually editing spreadsheet.

    Anyhow, great information as always!

  2. To me, the best way for accomplishing something in long term is to split a major goal into micro goals or split the work you have to do into predefined time units. I liked how you pointed out that when switch tasks we are pulled from our context and getting back to it always takes too much time.

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