About This Post
Watching IndieGame: The Movie (I know I'm late to the party) I was quite terrified under which circumstances Phil Fish and Team Meat were working.
Only Jonathan Blow really seemed to make effort to have a good state of mind and body.
That's why I want to introduce more Indie developers to the knowledge productivity.
All the quotes below are from Chris Bailey , who spent a whole year solely reading about productivity and doing productivity experiments on his own. He released his posts under a Creative Commons license, encouraging people to repost them.
You can read more of his learnings here: http://ayearofproductivity.com
I compiled a list of his most relevant texts and completed it with my own words.
1. Work No More Than 40 Hours A Week
"As a productivity experiment I worked 90-hour weeks for a month, alternating between working 90 hours one week and then 20 hours the next. I actually found that I got about as much work done in both my 90-hour and 20-hour weeks, for a simple reason: when I limited how much time I spent on a task, I forced myself to exert more energy over less time so I could get the task done in what limited time I had. When I threw more time at my work in my longer weeks, I tended to procrastinate more, work on lower-leverage activities, and waste more time."
"The problem is that even though people aren’t actually more productive when they work overtime, they feel more productive."
"Working too much or too hard completely shatters your productivity because doing so robs you of two of your most valuable resources: your time, and your energy."
"Though your productivity may spike up at first, over time, as you don’t step away from your work, your productivity takes a nosedive as you become increasingly fatigued and stressed, even though you might not notice it at first. It also costs you because you can’t take a step back from your work to see it from a higher, more elevated perspective."
2. Take Regular Breaks
"Breaks let you step back from your work, recharge, come up with better ideas, slow down, reflect on your work, and ultimately make you a lot more productive. Take them."
3. Get Enough Sleep
"Sleep increases: Concentration, attention, decision making skills, creativity, social skills, health.
Sleep decreases: Mood changes, stress, anger, impulsiveness, and bad habits like drinking and smoking."
4. Seek Financial Security Before You Start Big Projects
If you're running low on budget and have to finish your game till a tight deadline, you'll be likely to ignore the advice given above. To get financial security you can create multiple projects with a low scale before, which also provide you with more experience , when finally creating the big project of your dreams.
I hope this helps you! :)
Be sure to check out the blog of Chris Bailey, he has some more great general productivity knowledge on his site: http://ayearofproductivity.com/
and if you like to, you can get in touch with me on Twitter @tinyworlds