A lot of famous gardeners actually have quite boring front yards-why? Because they're smart. Wowing your neighbors with show quality rose beds is fine if you have the money to spend on a crew of minions but if it's just you you'll want to devote your time where it counts-at the party in the back.
So slow down if you've just moved into a new house or if you're getting started on a new project. The best of intentions can end in lots of dead and misplaced plants. And if you screw up in front everyone will know and we can't have that! Okay, so maybe you like the front yard better, maybe you like listening to your neighbor drone on endlessly about their problems-fine. Putter around and try to figure out where you think you'll spend your time and start working on that area first. Let the boring parts of the yard be boring. You don't actually need every space filled. Gardening is supposed to be fun, not a chore. Don't save the best for last-get started on it and let it grow from there. Party on dude.