It can be difficult to work whenever you know that the way you work is broken. Especially on Mondays like these, it is easy to blame your inability to work properly on being the byproduct of another Monday. Yet, a lot of times this isn’t the case. Sure, it is not uncommon to have difficulties working on Mondays – especially after having such a relaxing weekend. But if this failure to work properly carries on throughout the work week, you need to do something about it.
But what if you have no idea where to start? What if you have no clue how to change the way you work so you will have a productive work week starting now? The fine folks over at Productivity SOS have provided a list of some of the best ways to change how you work starting now. It is full of great information and worth a read such a cadet when you have a chance. Here are a few of our favorites.
Don’t wait until the last minute to finish tasks
This is common sense, but even so, it bears repeating. It can be so simple to put off tasks until the last minute – especially if you do not want to do them in the first place! We are all guilty of this; and we don’t put off tasks just because we do not know any better. On the contrary: we have been told growing up that procrastination should be avoided at all costs. Even so, it is still easy to put something off until tomorrow.
To avoid this, gradually take care of tasks and finish them before they are due. You know what feels better but finally finishing that task you have been dreading for weeks? Finishing it extra early so your work week is ahead of schedule! I finished a set of tasks last Wednesday that actually put me ahead of schedule for the work week and I’m still feeling good about it!
Don’t be a big picture guy/gal
Or rather, don’t think about the big picture while you are working. For example, if you are working on your next indie game and you are a little down because you still have a ton of work that needs to be done, stop thinking about the game as a whole! The only thing you will achieve is putting you (and likely your team members) into a bad mood for the bulk of the project.
Rather, focus on steps instead of the total picture. Take the project one day at a time, focus on one task only (i.e. don’t multitask), and realize that developing your next indie game is nothing more than a series of steps!
You know something? That goes for creating anything substantial in life, too. Be aware of the present; focus only on the job at hand.
For the betterment of your entire team…
We constantly hear about teams breaking up all the time: from bands to influential people leaving video game studios due to managerial reasons, and so on. Your day-to-day routine is going to go much smoother if you manage appropriately. Productivity SOS brings up a great point: if you’re waiting for something –anything, really – from your team members, don’t be afraid to track it down and get it. You do not have to wait on them just to be polite: if you needed a task finished an hour ago, it needed to be done an hour ago (so go get it). Moreover, always think about what is best for your team. If a team member wants to include a certain feature into your indie game but you know it could hinder the overall quality of the game, thank them for the suggestion but do not be afraid to say no. No is a magic word, and a lot of difficulties can be avoided by saying this simple, two letter word.
At the end of the day, changing the way you work (and ultimately, improving your work week) is actually all about common sense. Even so, it is nice to be reminded how to apply common sense properly every now and then. Check out Productivity SOS’ fantastic resource (link below) in turn your work week around!