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2 Jan 2015

Indie Devs: Keep These Productivity New Year’s Resolutions For An Awesome 2015

We’re day two of 2015 – and it isn’t too late to start a resolution. A new year means new beginnings, new changes to how to conduct your indie studio, and most importantly – a new start to building your indie studio better than ever before. You can do it, and if you honor these awesome resolutions, you’re going to kill it this year. Here are a few resolutions to get you started.

Keep a to-do list (and keep it full)

A to-do list is one of the best ways to ensure that you actually get things done. Sure, it’s easy to spend a lot of time on your to-do list – so much so that you spend too much time filling it out and not enough time actually working. Even so, take a few moments out of your day to fill out a to-do list and actually honor the tasks on the list. Additionally, be sure to keep your to-do list full. There’s no point in having a to-do list if it’s half empty. At the start of every day, the to-do list needs to be full, because let’s be honest: there’s always something that needs to be done.

Assess your weakest areas

Self-improvement is the epitome of New Year’s resolutions. You too have areas in your life that need to be improved that will ultimately improve your indie studio, so assess the areas of your life (professionally and personally) that need the most work, and create a plan of action to improve them. Whether you want to improve how you stay on-task or how strong your customer service is at your indie studio, you know exactly what you have to do: assess and improve.

Quit multitasking

If you want to produce the best work possible, it’s time to stop multitasking – today. Focus on one task at a time and put all of your energy into it to avoid stretching yourself thin. If you find it hard to stop multitasking? Then you need to add another resolution to your list:

Manage your time wisely

This wraps back around to keeping a full to-do list: if you manage your time wisely by knowing exactly what tasks need to be done and putting your energy into completing the day’s tasks, you won’t have to multitask (and if you still feel the need to multitask, it’s time to think about outsourcing). Hone in on a single task every time rather than trying to complete a handful of tasks simultaneously, and you won’t have to worry about producing poor work, confusion, and certainly will have to correct errors in your work less frequently.

It’s the very definition of managing one’s time wisely!

 

Now we want to hear from you. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions you are incorporating into your indie studio? Let us know in the comments below!

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