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Posted on February 10, 2015 at 14:31

I somewhat recently started to animate and I've really enjoyed it. However, it takes a large amount of time and as a college student, time is not something I have a lot of. My longest video, Chop Chop, Pyro! took at least 72 hours of work, though I had a relatively work-free summer so I did have time then. My other two videos were short and didn't take much time, though. I have two large projects planned, but I worry that I'll never be able to get around to starting them. It's frustrating because when I'm busy, all I think about are all these ideas I have for videos, but when I do have free time, I usually waste it playing video games or watching Youtube videos. A couple days ago I tampered with my TF2 files so that I'd need to update and verify the cache in order to play it; TF2 was too much of a distraction, so I'm hoping I can focus better without it.

So, I have some questions for you guys: How do you balance school/work with your projects? How do you relax so that you can concentrate on working without getting stressed out and quitting when something goes wrong?

I worry that I may be too ambitious. I'm trying to be a prestigious student, an excellent engineer, a skilled animator, and a talented musician, and each day it becomes more challenging.


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How do you balance school/work with your projects?

I got about 30 minutes of sleep a night in my last year of high school. :( (Don't do this, it's stupid. I've never been able to sleep properly since then.)
Posted by StevenOBrien February 10, 2015 21:08 - 1.9 years ago
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I got about 30 minutes of sleep a night in my last year of high school.


That's another problem; I feel tired all day unless I get 8-9 hours of sleep. I wish I could function on low sleep, because I totally would.
Posted by Kamira February 10, 2015 21:18 - 1.9 years ago
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So, I have some questions for you guys: How do you balance school/work with your projects? How do you relax so that you can concentrate on working without getting stressed out and quitting when something goes wrong?


hahahahahahahahahahhahhahh
Posted by CoolGamrSms February 11, 2015 1:26 - 1.9 years ago
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Sleeping that little is a good way to kill your immune system. :/
Posted by Aistarin February 11, 2015 2:37 - 1.9 years ago
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I just started college, I'm having quite a good amount of free time actually for my projects right now.

As for the problem of wasting time, yeah I know, it happens, what you need is something very simple:
A TO DO list.
It will help you keep focused and teach you how to work, it also makes you feel good when you are deleting things from it.

And for the animation, well you need to learn that when you finish an action you don't stop moving which is something I could notice, when the pyro finished choping one wood plank he would stand totally still or nothing else would happen. There needs to be either a smooth transition, or two elements being animated overlapping their times.
Posted by Nehemek February 11, 2015 5:58 - 1.9 years ago
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when the pyro finished choping one wood plank he would stand totally still or nothing else would happen.


It's stop motion, so it's impractical to have idle animations. I do my best to ease and bounce out of most actions, and I'm sure I'll improve on that with experience.
Posted by Kamira February 11, 2015 9:05 - 1.9 years ago
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I somewhat recently started to animate


He's been just standing still all these years!

But seriously, a huge part of it is that as you gain experience, you'll be able to do more quicker. You'll learn the tools, the shortcuts, and eventually you'll have much less trouble 'doing', leaving most of the difficulty with figuring out the 'what' to be done. Having a project that you know is worth it helps a lot too - for me that can be a driving force.

Even so, the truth is that projects take a lot of time, and you just have to be diligent, keep at it. I clocked in 60 hours last week, and 80 the week before working on a refactor. I've spent hundreds of hours on my vm project, and thousands of hours on certain apps.
Posted by DesertFox February 11, 2015 10:30 - 1.9 years ago
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So, I have some questions for you guys: How do you balance school/work with your projects? How do you relax so that you can concentrate on working without getting stressed out and quitting when something goes wrong?

If anybody finds this out, tell me too. :<
Posted by Mega February 11, 2015 11:49 - 1.9 years ago
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So, I have some questions for you guys: How do you balance school/work with your projects? How do you relax so that you can concentrate on working without getting stressed out and quitting when something goes wrong?

Well, school has always been easy to me, so I have concentrated on my projects. Not sure what happens when I start my studies (probably) in university next autumn (I have to finish my studies in my current school first), though. But before that, my projects are what I live for and school is a place to meet friends.
Posted by Jani_Nykanen February 11, 2015 12:11 - 1.9 years ago
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I'm currently attending law school, working part time, sleeping 8 hours a night, DMing a monthly Dungeons and Dragons campaign, and managing to dedicate at least an hour a day to game development (as a hobby).

The trick is scheduling. I have every day planned down to every 30 minute segment with scheduled breaks and built in buffer time if something comes up. Once you start doing this, you will realize you have so much time on your hands.

I've also cut back on video games; this was a huge time sink prior to getting my shit together. I try to limit my gaming to weekends these days.
Posted by ChessMasterRiley February 11, 2015 12:49 - 1.9 years ago
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ChessMasterRiley! Nice to see you again!

Long story short is that I don't and I should probably schedule my home-time, like CMR does. I'm awake from 7 am to 3am and it's the worst thing ever. I am not balacing, I'm drowning. But at least I'm having fun while I die! :D
Posted by Acid February 11, 2015 13:48 - 1.9 years ago
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You as well, Acid!

Get some sleep! You will reduce your lifetime more than smoking (some studies suggest) if you under-sleep.
Posted by ChessMasterRiley February 11, 2015 15:06 - 1.9 years ago
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I'm a terrible student. I had to postpone finishing my degree until this summer, I should have finished it last summer.

The main problem is not studying, but also having no resources to study with because I didn't go to any classes. And now I'm really up shit creek. Now I work 20-30 hours a week. I never spent that much time studying in the first place.
Posted by Toast February 11, 2015 15:07 - 1.9 years ago
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I can only pick three:
- Be a father to my son
- Not fail school
- Go to work
- Get enough sleep

That doesn't even include time for my projects... but I try to sneak it in at work/school when I can.
Posted by Acid February 11, 2015 22:22 - 1.9 years ago
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the thing is nobody here can tell you how to balance your time. in general, everyone has this problem an we all find our own ways to manage it whether it be by scheduling everything in your life, writing up lists or avoiding sleep. how you do it is your choice.

personally ive been struggling with this for a long while and its only getting worse as my level of responsibility keeps going up along with the amount of time needed to do school work. i barely have enough time for work and school combined, so during the school season i rarely get time to work on any thing gaming related. to make matters worse i have too many hobbies. odds are, when i spend time programming, thats time im taking away fron something else which will cause problems. in the end sacrifices have to be made. just be careful with what you chose to sacrifice.
Posted by death February 15, 2015 18:44 - 1.9 years ago
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