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I've got about a dozen programming projects bouncing about my head, and I'd love to contribute to some open source projects, the problem I have is that having spent the entire day staring at Visual Studio and or Eclipse (Sometimes both at the same time...) the last thing I feel like doing when I go home is program.

How do you build up the motivation/time to work on your own projects after work?

I'm not saying that I don't enjoy programming, it's just that I enjoy other things too and it can be hard to even do something you enjoy if you've spent all day already doing it.

I think that if I worked at a chocolate factory the last thing I'd want to see when I got home was a Wonka bar.

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Consider making it a community wiki. But loved the ending xD –  tunnuz Jan 28 '09 at 10:36
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Forgot to add important factor: my wife, who doesn't like me sitting in front of PC on spare time.. :) Thank you all for your answers ! Also for a link to a similar post. –  Stewie Griffin Feb 24 '10 at 5:33
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choose between the pc or your wife. Or make some agreement that you sit a designated hours, but it will propably not work because everything takes more time than you think. So if you are serious, drop your wife! –  marko Feb 24 '10 at 6:13
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Sell your TV and you're halfway there. –  Roger Pate Apr 7 '10 at 9:43
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You do work programming mainly for money.
You do own programming for your own satisfaction.
So you need to prioritize your free time.

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