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Hard to say any definite habits that work for everyone, as each person is so different, but just for the fun of it, I'll try to list habits that work for me:

* Keep a diary. Write out problems and solution propositions first, if the solution is not trivial.

* Keep your mind clean, always finish what you started, so you can have completion and not clutter your thought process. This means not leaving code in a state of disarray, should compile when returned back to

* Let go. If the solution does not propose itself, take a break. Sleep over it. The solution will come, with time, not by bruteforcing of overdosing caffeine. Sometimes these work too, but as a habit, better to focus on long term goals than short term successes.

* KEEP IT SIMPLE. KISS! When solution starts to look too complex, it probably is. Break it down, simplify, line by line, so that the code is understandable and easy to read. Write for humans to read, not for machines to parse.

* There is no ready made solution. Accept the fact that to get results, work must be done and days and even weeks might go before getting there.

* It's ok to write code that is not "smart", that is not "perfect", that just freaking works right now as should and expected. It's just code, and in the end it all transforms into zeros and ones. Implement new features gradually towards more flexible and standardized solutions, first find a solution for the problem at hand and remember KISS again.

Some of the main points that come to mind. Especially the point of KISS, is so easy to go overboard with, starting to overthink all kinds of fancy structs, class inherintance models, whatever fancy code-beauty around a solution that could be solved with a simple function and evolved later if needed to something more flexible.

This KISS also applies to general software design, user interfaces etc also, probably the most useful habit is to remember when thinking about systems, keep it simple! It should also be fun to write at least in some level, if it feels like crap, don't do it for your own sake.

One way I started to look at KISS is that there are so many ways for software to be complex on higher architectural level, that there is absolutely no reason to make your life harder and go for implementing complex solutions on low level. Get it to a point where it's simple, the complexity will come later.

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