If you want to stop procrastinating on your game project, here are my tips from the highs and lows of a 9 year indie game project and how I get back into it after not working on it a while…
Setup a Trello board with your backlog of tasks
If you have Trello, or any other task system, go into the board and re-organise it based on what interests you and what you want to work on. Read through each task, and get an understanding of what needs to be done, make some checklists or edits as you feel fit. Make this your task for the day, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes or so. The key point here is to re-sync your brain with your task board.
Start thinking about the tasks on your board
When you’re driving, on the bus, at work or wherever, start thinking about the tasks, and getting them in your head space. Think about how you’re going to implement a task and the details around it, or how you can make it better. It also helps to think about a task you’re most excited to work on.
Start work on the first task
By now, you should start feeling excited about this task, move it to your In Progress list and start on it. Make sure the task is broken down into checklists or sub tasks. After you complete each task, drag it to the completed list, to give yourself that sense of achievement.
Set a goal for each time you work on your game.
Either say it will be 4 sub-tasks, or look at the clock, and say you will work for one hour. And don’t stop until you’ve achieved this.
Working on a game project is like pushing a large rolling heavy metal ball. It’s hard to get going and you procrastinate, but as you work more and more on it, it gets easier and easier, and next thing you know you’re full steam ahead, and you can’t think of doing anything else…
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