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What can I do to make sure that I have the energy to work on my game while working full-time? [closed]

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When I worked as a software engineering intern the past three summers, I also wanted to work on my own projects, but also spend time with friends/family. Not quite the pressure of family responsibility that you face, but still a time sink.

The only way I could make things sort of work was identifying nights that were completely dedicated to one thing over the other. If I was supposed to spend the evening with my family I wouldn’t even boot my computer. Other times, I had to ask my family not to disturb me and turn off my phone so I wouldn’t get distracted.

Even while working, take a break every 20-30 minutes to walk around and get your eyes off the screen. The pomodoro technique has proven handy when I’ve had to juggle several projects at once.

One thing that I’ve done lately, is getting up painfully early every morning to program- my mind is fresh, and I stay clearer throughout the day for my job and the rest of my activities.

The problem with this route is the necessity of going to bed early- and if you’ve ever been on a programming rampage, you know it’s tough to stop for simple things like (pshh) sleep- who needs it?

But seriously, 5am-8am = programming time. While I’ve been doing this I’ve completed more games while also working full time and having a social life than I ever did programming full time.

IMHO your family should come first. The reward for time well spent on them will far out weigh any gains you acquire from your game dev. Balance your time wisely, but make sure they get the lion’s share.

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