Years ago, an older mentor told me go and get ya a pitchfork. Pick out a place for 3 piles. Only fill 1 with fresh ingredients (greens, browns, manures). make it only as big as you can turn in an hour or so. when it is full, start a second pile...always leave one place open to turn the others to. Seems to work for me. And I take all the neighbors bagged leaves in the fall...by july I'm always wanting for more.
I started a compost pile, because I gardened. Now I find myself gardening, so I have someplace for my compost!!