As the year comes to an end, some people think it is important to set goals. The thing about setting goals is that you need dedication, and many times people lose the drive to pursue their goals. A very good example is the people that say “next year I’m hitting the gym X times a week”. One or two months after, they stop going.
For some years I have not been the kind to set myself goals, mostly because all my projects are usually carried to the next year (it’s never “I’m going to finish another game” but rather “I’m going to finish the current game and start a new one”, for example), but this year will be different, and I am setting some goals for myself, mainly because life is going through some changes and I am getting more and more into other things, and less into game development.
When working on a project, it is common to split the project in different parts that you need to make to finish the project. On one side, this keeps things more organized, but, on the other side it can be good for the mind, as you can see ho you are progressing even when you feel the project is stuck. Setting a goal can be a way to give yourself something to work towards to.
However, I’d say it’s important to break down the big goal into smaller goals so you can also keep track of your progress.
As I said before, I didn’t really set myself goals before because all my work was simply carried over to the next year. However, now that I am taking on various different things, I’m also setting goals to keep things more organized and focus on the projects that are more important. Sometimes it is easy for me to get distracted with other things, or even get distracted by the “shiny object syndrome”, something that causes you to start a new thing, abandoning the previous thing, because the new one seems more exciting, favorable, etc.
Imagine this: working on a project, the project is taking longer than expected so you start thinking that maybe it’d be a good idea to start a new, smaller project that also sounds exciting. The lack of focus and dedication can make you go for the new one rather than finishing the one you’re on right now.
Recently, I wrote about “creative blocks” and what to do when you are stuck. Setting these goals can also be good in those cases, because you can see how an overall project is moving forward, and you can use that as a drive to push forward.
Maybe it can also be useful to set smaller goals, not just global “2022 goals”. For example, rather than “finish this project in 2022” it can be something like smaller goals that, when put together, show the project will be finished in August 2022, for example.
And that’s it! Have good and productive 2022!