How do you find the time to get things done? My first drum teacher told me to make the time, every day, to practice. He said 5 minutes per day is better than 2 hours once per week. I apply this principle to everything but expand the time allotted to a minimum of 15 minutes. Anyone can set aside 15 minutes daily. Turn off the TV and avoid Facebook.
If you’re like me you have a dozen things happening at any given point in time. Does that mean you need to spend 15 minutes per day on every project? No, you’ll need to figure out how many projects you can reasonable manage and then prioritize them. Many of my current projects are solo, so I can work on 3-4 things concurrently and feel like I’m making progress. If I was working in teams the number of projects would drop because teams generally take more energy.
Consistency and developing momentum are the goals. Thinking about your project regularly means your brain will always be churning on that idea, solving problems, in the background. The more time you can spend, daily, the better as long as that time is well spent. If you're stuck and unproductive, switch projects or take a walk.
Recently I was asked how to get started on a project. The person was setting aside time but was stuck figuring out what could be done in only 15 minutes. Treat your planning the same way you treat your production. Start by setting aside small chunks of time to identify your questions and clarify your goals. Break down the concept into addressable/actionable items, prioritize and, once you have a clear path, start using that daily time to make something.