It’s simple: Learn to say “no”. Depending on how you are currently doing and how much you are willing to change this one very short word can double or even triple your free hours – giving you the time to focus on what’s important.
Years ago I made a decision that I would not join any organizations or hobby clubs unless they would be really meaningful to me. I made a conscious choice to think before accepting any new tasks or assignments.
This very simple act of saying “No, thanks” in the right place will have a huge impact on your productivity.
It works in game production. Here are some examples.:
- Learn to say no to new projects
- Learn to say no to new assignments that aren’t anywhere near your responsibility or should have been done by someone else
- Learn to say no to new ideas which aren’t useful in anyway or should be brought up in far away future
- Learn to say no to new issues which someone else can handle
I don’t mean that you start accepting nothing I mean you should stop accepting everything.