Below are some ways you can consistently create space to complete your creative work! I am in the process of working through final revisions of my images for my project, which is getting close to complete, but very tedious work nonetheless. Below are some concepts that have helped carry me through this home stretch.
1. Set a Schedule – Setting and sticking to a schedule to work on your creative endeavors is really important. Otherwise, too often, time slips by with little work completed. Take advantage of little bits and chunks of time, even if that is all you are able to work into your schedule. Small, incremental progress adds up over time, and you will be amazed how much you can get done in a small amount of time, if you put your mind to it!
2. Dedicated Work Space – Having a dedicated work space frees you from distractions, while providing a place where you can surround yourself with items that inspire you and make you feel the most comfortable. Also, don’t be afraid to mix things up every now and then — working from the deck on a nice day can be a refreshing break in the routine, particularly when your creative juices have stalled.
3. Be in Alignment — It helps me significantly to be in the optimal frame of mind while I am working. As a result, I have found working early in the mornings provides me the best time where I can focus and be most productive. Finding your ‘optimal work time’ and sticking to this schedule really does work to facilitate progress in one’s work.
4. Explore Other Creative Interests – Working everyday on the same project or types of projects can become a drain, at times. It is easy to get stuck in a creative rut and fall into patterns that you may not even realize exist. Exploring other creative interests, can provide you an outlet that is different enough to keep your mind stimulated, while still keeping you thinking about your creative work from a different perspective. Thus, it is a good idea to pursue other creative endeavors that you enjoy simultaneously.
5. Get Ample Sleep – Sleep deprivation can make it difficult to focus on anything, let alone your creative work. When you are tired, you are not going to have many creative insights; and when your body is not at its best, neither is your mind. Thus, it is important to have ample daily sleep to help you continue to steadily pursue your creative projects.
6. Take Breaks – If you find that you are in the “zone,” and you find yourself working for hours, then embrace it. During these times, you often can produce your best work. However, a couple of regularly scheduled breaks, throughout your work day, can serve as a great way to re-energize. When you get stuck, it is a good idea to take a break, as it forces you to stop and step away and, during these breaks, you are more likely to see the problem you are trying to solve in a new light.
7. Regular Exercise – Daily exercise is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. It provides space and many people devise ideas while they are exercising that they would not otherwise discover. So, if you are stuck in you creative project, go take a walk or run, and you will be likely to solve the problem or road block that you are facing.
No matter what, if you truly want to start or complete that project you have always wanted to start or finish, you will find a way to make sacrifices in order to make it come to fruition. It will not be easy, but it will be worth all of the effort and time that most people can never discern that went into creating the work. Here is one of my favorite quotes from a dear mentor, Deborah Samuel, “Follow your passion, even if you do not know what lies on the other side. Passion is infectious to people; and passion is at the root of creating art. Keep believing in your work and use your passion to help you push through and keep going. The right thing(s) happen when it is supposed to happen. Most importantly, put your work on the line and keep pushing your boundaries.”
Most of all, just keep going and . . . let nothing stop you from your work!