As an artist in a creative field, we are continually challenged with the procrastination monster each and every day. If we work from home we are faced with “innocent” tasks that essentially break our focus on our current task. We are all prone to procrastination no matter how skilled we are at productivity. So we have come up with a few tips to help that we hope you are not reading instead of working!
1) Start Earlier
Ever feel like you just don’t have enough time in your day? Waking up thirty to sixty minutes earlier is an easy way to create that time you crave. Even if you are not a morning person, give it a try for a few weeks until it becomes a habit.
2) Listen to Music
Hop on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, or your radio playlist of choice to create a mix to assist in your productivity. You will be amazed at how music can trigger and motivate you to get tasks completed.
The worst part about having a job where you work primarily alone in a home office is feeling detached and alone. We don’t have that typical “work environment” where we are connected with other human beings. What can we do to combat that feeling? The internet has been a great way to connect us, specifically facebook groups. Find yourself a local facebook group of photographers whom you trust to run ideas by and collaborate with on projects to help push each other creatively. Does your city not have a local facebook group? Start one today and begin inviting friends! You will be so glad you did.
4) Change Your Environment
Working from the same location can leave a person feeling uninspired and unmotivated. Changing up the scenery can help get those creative juices flowing. Grab a laptop and head to a coffee shop or rent a collaborative space a few times a week to change things up. Find some people to join you to meet face to face and help each other get stuff done. This will definitely help put you in a better mood!
5) Treat Yo’ Self
If there is one great thing we learned from Parks and Rec, it is that it is essential to ‘Treat Yo Self’ every once in awhile. If you got a pile of work that needs to be done, go ahead and mentally bride yourself with something nice afterwards as a reward. Whatever it takes to get the job done, right?
6) Set Proper Goals
If you fail to plan, plan to fail. But it doesn’t stop there. Setting the proper goals is essential to completing a task set for yourself. Setting specific goals instead of vague goals is key. “Finish editing” is s poor goal. “Complete all editing by the end of this week” is a better goal. “Editing the Cooper Wedding Monday, Craig Family Wednesday, and the Rodriguez Engagement Session Friday” is the best.
7) Digital Detox
In order to get stuff done, sometimes we simply just need to unplug from the internet and give ourselves a digital detox. This can be a simple as turning off notifications for e-mails and social media or drastic as turning off wi-fi completely. Studies have shown the benefits from detoxing such as a better mood, increased creativity, a sense of freedom, and improved focus and memory.
8) Positive Thinking
Need a brain hack to keep you on task? Try remembering that you are essentially doing something that you love as a career and this is what you want to be doing with your life. Remember that you chose this path for your life and completing this task will help you succeed in this photography career.
9) Create a List
If it seems like all the stuff on your plate is overwhelming, write it all out. Tasks will become less daunting when they are broken up in a list and when you cane group them into manageable chunks. Writing them out on one list and marking them off or writing them each out on post-it notes is the way to go. It feels so good to be able to check things off or crinkle up post it notes and throw them away. Try it out!
10) Embrace It
When all else fails, embrace the procrastination. Take ten minutes and complete another small task. Some times the simple distraction of doing anything else is the little jolt we need to refocus our priorities.
Do you have any essential tips for avoiding procrastination that works for you? Let us know!