Working as a creative is just as exciting as it is challenging. More times than not, it seems like there is never enough time to finish a project, yet finding that initial push to get things going is sometimes the timekeeper that makes it difficult to begin a task. So where do you start when you have no idea?
Recently, I’ve been battling with a sort of writer’s block that seems to be seeping into all of my other projects. And that’s very frustrating. But even more frustrating than that is knowing that all I need is to get on a roll and I will be going with so much kinetic energy, I’ll be unstoppable. Part of that problem is my priorities and what I’m committing my extra time to. I’m not gonna lie: lists and schedules keep my world going round and round.
When I was in college, I was an expert at time management. What changed? I think having that other person (my professors) to give deadlines. You had to organize your time well or there would be an instant repercussion: your grade would fail. So how could I get that sort of ‘heavy’ in my life that would make me feel the pressure?
Make a list
I once read that successful people make lists the night before of what they need to accomplish the next day. That does two things: First, it frees your mind of the circles it’s going to try and run in as you try to fall asleep; Second, you have a plan do get going as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Take a class. There are so many awesome classes out there that are free or very cheap. I, personally, have been binge-watching skillshare.com videos. I initially took the 7 day free trial, loved it so much that I have been a ‘member’ for a while. You can stop anytime, but the experts they get to give the lectures are cool, to the point and entertaining. Best $10 I’ve spent in a while that also benefits my life. There are other sites like this as well. A friend of mine just told me about Lynda.com — I have yet to check that one out.
Someone to hold you accountable
It helps me to get friends’ projects going. I’ve recently been doing photo shoots with my friends to try and get some additional creative activities in my life. And the great thing is, if you promise them that you’ll get them copies, you better get that going. For me, it’s a deadline that helps keep me focused.
Take a break
This is awesome and the hardest. I beat myself up if I take breaks. I feel like there are hundreds of other things I could be doing, but I’m not. I’ve found for this to work, I need to get away from my work station — completely out of my apartment — and do an activity that distracts you from doing any work. I always come back completely rejuvenated.