Even as an indie, you do spend a lot of time tied to your desk. I’m at my most productive when I’m at my desk, because the very act of sitting down makes me feel like I should be producing work. I think I condition myself to have locations, or times of the day, in which I should be doing one thing or another. At 9am mon-fri I should be at my desk, making games.
Recently I’ve been coding ‘for fun’ in my free time, especially on my laptop. I try to draw a distinction with this work: I’m free to stop whenever I feel like it. I setup my laptop on the dining table downstairs and work from there. This change in location and discipline really helps to reduce the stress, and lets it feel like any other sort of relaxation time.
Do you use any rules to help self discipline, both in terms of productivity and also ensuring that you unwind properly?