Social pressures remind us every day that life is nasty, brutish, and short. But that discomfiture doesn't need to hold us back! Turn that crushing anxiety into a useful tool by developing nervous habits which can fuel your creative fires, and help make your team more productive!
10 - Overly Excitable Personality
Passion is infectious, especially spontaneous passion! People who can get excited are more likely to contribute to a positive atmosphere at work! Share your ideas right away for maximum impact!
9 - Poor personal grooming habits
Looking sharp in a suit will help people take you seriously, and help make them more amenable to agreeing with you. An immaculate presentation of your person tells people that you will be careful in your work. All of those things which put people at ease will allow them to trust your work without evaluating it closely. You need the close evaluation that comes from the opposite of all that.
8 - Restless leg syndrome
The best way to study and learn something new is to keep yourself in a familiar environment. So how can you promote new, different, innovative ideas? Walk around. A restless leg (or two!) will keep you moving around, and keep those creative juices flowing.
7 - Chewing on pens
Do you have an idea? Can you write it down right now, before you forget it? If you're a chronic pen-chewer, then you always have your tools on hand - or in your mouth. Don't be fooled by the wannabes who just suck on the caps - you've got to use the whole pen.
6 - A shrill voice / involuntary interjections
Long days at the office can make people slack off - so make sure you're heard. A person who commands attention with their voice can keep a meeting going when it would otherwise lag. Breaking into conversations can help to jump-start the creative process, especially when your involuntary shrieks are a clear source of positive feedback for the team.
5 - Insomnia
The best ideas almost always come to you when you're already in bed. Are you the type of person who gets up right away to write it down? Clearly the idea is so great that you'll still remember it in the morning...
4 - Pathological frustration when you don't understand something you think you should
Miscommunications happen all the time. But the most dangerous miscommunications for a game project occur when a producer or engineer lay out a constraint which designers don't understand. If you don't understand it you can't design around it. It's necessary to keep them there, and keep them talking, until you can really internalize their point.
3 - Paranoia
Do you think your initial ideas are good? Because they probably aren't. A big ego is a major liability in the collaborative design process, but low self-esteem isn't the solution: paranoia is. A good paranoia will keep you second-guessing yourself and seeking defensive options for your inevitable failures. Fail frequently enough and you might just succeed by accident. In fact, it's almost a guarantee! That's how the cycle works for everyone else - so it will probably work for you. Unless your entire team undermines you somehow. Or your family.
2 - Nail Biting
Working with your hands is essential - creating paper mock-ups of ideas, drawing on dry-erase boards, typing up documents - they're all tough on your hands. Nail-biters are used to the abuse, so they know how to work longer hours without giving up. As a bonus, nail-biting gives you an excuse to stop talking in meetings and listen to other people's ideas - aren't there other nervous people out there who might be able to contribute? Honorable runner-up: Knuckle Cracking
1 - An unhealthy obsession with editing your papers to Make Them Shorter.
People who can slam out 20 pages of text in an evening are amazing, but people who spend 20 hours agonizing over a single page of text will produce something really clear. It is a sad truth that people don't read, so it is essential to write to your audience.