Pacing Yourself

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So for all you students, you are out for the summer (Don’t miss out on the School’s Out Sale!). No school, you can chill and work on your game 24/7! You’re going to get EVERYTHING done in days right?

Ok, ok, ok, sloooooow down alright.

Game making is a marathon, not a sprint. I know you have all the time in the world now, but don’t burn yourself out. Let’s look at a few ways to keep from burning yourself out and then getting nothing done.

Make Reasonable Goals

Make an outline of what you need to get done.

Then, spread those things out across your summer. Make sure you aren’t expecting yourself to do too much in one week! “Make battle system” if you plan on coding it from scratch is not a 1 week job, even for experienced coders.

Goals

Now try to meet those goals. If you find that you are stressing out a little bit, that is probably fine. All goals should push us to try a little harder than we would otherwise. But if you are stressing out a LOT, you need to readjust. You expected too much out of yourself that week.

And that is OK. We don’t always know how hard something is going to be. Just adjust your goals and move on.

Breaaaaks

You can’t just do game making all summer. Seriously, you are going to need to take breaks occasionally.

Take a break every day. Go out to eat. Play a video game for a while. Hang out with some friends. Don’t just sit on your computer and game make for 18 hours a day and sleep 6. You will get really tired of seeing your game.

Beach

And take some big breaks, too. It is summer! Enjoy your vacations with family, or friends, or whoever you head to the beach with. Or maybe the mountains! Or maybe just a few days off from making a game to beat that new game that just came out.

Breaks are good. And you can come back to your project relaxed and with a new perspective.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Ok, look. I don’t know about you, but I know some crazy fast brilliant RMers on the internet.

Some of them can put out a game in one week that I couldn’t put out in one year.

You can’t compare yourself to that. Most of those people have TONS of experience. They’ve been doing this for a long time and have developed a ton of skill.

Wunderkind

Or they are just a wunderkind, either way, everybody can’t do that.

It’s ok to work at your own pace, to work in a way you feel comfortable. Just make sure you are going forward with your game, and make sure you aren’t burning yourself out, and your pace is good.

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