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25 Jul 2014

Maximizing Your Indie Studio’s Workflow

Although many of you are winding down the work day and are preparing to start the weekend, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for next week. Quite the opposite in fact: you need to prepare for the work week today – at least for a moment. It’s important to consider the best way to get stuff done for next week starting right away, which brings us to the last topic of the week: maximizing your indie studio’s workflow appropriately. Below are a few tips for maximizing next week’s workflow and ensure that you finish all of your tasks.

 

Lower standards in areas that do not matter

Logic would tell you that you should have high standards for every facet of the game development process. Unfortunately, we live in the real world where time is limited. Besides, there really isn’t a reason to focus your attention on facets of your indie game that do not matter. For example, instead of trying to make the robotic arm of a level’s boss have detailed animations, consider focusing on making the boss battle actually fun. A handful of players are going to be impressed by the detailed animations of the robotic arm, but for everyone else? If the boss battle isn’t fun, who cares?

The keyword here is prioritizing. Prioritize your most important tasks, ensure you focus on the elements of your game that truly makes your indie game stand out from the rest, and lower your expectations on various components of the game that really do not matter.

 

Delegation is key

The old saying goes that if you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself – but that isn’t true. If you have outsourced workers you can trust (and if you don’t – keep hiring and firing until you have a team of outsourced workers you can trust), then many of your daily tasks can be delegated to them. Believe me: when you have a team of workers that you can trust and depend upon daily, your workload is going to lighten considerably – allowing you to focus on the most important tasks of the moment.

 

Plan ahead

It’s what you are doing now, so you’re off to a great start. Plan ahead for the next work day by taking a few minutes to plan out your day at the end of every day (sorry for the tongue twister). I do this at the end of every work day, and although it takes me about 30 minutes to truly plan out my day, it saves me an enormous amount of time every single day. By using 30 minutes to plan ahead, I save double the amount of time I would have spent trying to figure out what I should do first and how I should do it.

It’s really just common sense too. Once you plan ahead for what you know is coming, accomplishing those tasks becomes easier than ever. And when the inevitable emergency tasks come your way? You will be prepared to meet them head-on.

Maximizing your indie studio’s workflow isn’t difficult – it just takes occasional common sense and time to accomplish what you need. It’s one of the best productive tips you can use, so implement the tips above into your work week starting Monday!

 

Have any tips or tricks on maximizing your indie studio’s workflow? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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