How can you find out if what you are working on is important? Here are 3 key questions you may need to ask yourself to figure this out.
Have you ever found yourself staring at your computer and not knowing what to work on? It could be that you have too much stuff on your plate and you don't know where to start, or it could be that you've finished your todo list and you're not sure what to do next.
Either case, you are not being very productive, and being productive is probably your main goal, right? At least most of the time... When you're not being distracted by adorable videos of cats on YouTube.
So, what's the issue here?
1. Why are you not being productive?
Before I tell you this answer, I want to share a quote I found useful: "If you are not making any noise, you're doing something wrong"
This quote is right in so many aspects. The reason being is that you need to be working on something that people care about, if not... You are working on the wrong thing?
If you really care about your project, it will show that you have poured your heart and soul into it. And if this project is something that you feel so passionate about, then odds are many others are going to be passionate about it too.
Throw some love into your project and have some fun. If you can't do that, You might need to work on something else...
How do you know if you're working on something people care about?
You've probably heard of the term "Minimum Viable Product". This means that the software develpment team needs to release a product that contains the most important features (buggy or not).
An MVP is great because you can find out if people actually care about what you're building, but you can take this a step further to figure out if people care about what you are building.
You need to build a landing page and capture user emails. If not many people signup, you probably need to make some noise.
After making some noise and you still don't build a small following... You might need to work on something else.
How can you make some noise?
Create an article and tell users why they should care about your project. Make the article informative, casual, and fun.
Then post the article on Twitter, Reddit, or Facebook. Eventually someone will re-post your article and if they don't, you should try posting it again.
After multiple tries of posting on social networks and still... No one cares... You might need to work on something else.
I'm not going to say that I have the magic formula on making some noise... I'm just trying to share some of the knowledge that I've learned over the years :)
Hope this helps and if nonetheless... Every failed project you work on is just a stepping stone to the project that succeeds.