The most important thing, Like absolutely most important thing (at least for me)
Is to leave hammer the fuck open, Once I close that or the SDK; its all over and I probably won’t work on the map again until I take a shower and get super inspired. I know it takes like less than a minute to launch the SDK and get back up and running but damn, it seems to be the hardest thing, especially when you have to go through your steam library and all of those games before you get to the SDK :3
A good community helps too, one that expects a map and won’t be assholes about it if you don’t move that quickly.
Also do a nightly compile, regardless of your progress of the map the only way to see how well your doing is to do a compile overnight, test the map in garrysmod or whatever, take screenshot notes and then continue the work.
The another thing you can possibly do is to pass the baton back and fourth to someone you trust; Unfortunately I don’t have many friends that I can do this with because they lack the knowledge in the SDK :sigh:
Good luck with your map!