So many unfinished projects! What's stopping you? Where are you going with this? It can be difficult to manage our own time effectively, we have to rise above our desires to procrastinate. Being a creative person requires many layers of work that each have their own flavour and guidelines. We have to be able to see it through on each level. Often it's a matter of motivation. If you're not short on the rent and looking to eat properly, what keeps you working? Even if it does result in your necessary income, we can still fall into the trap of not doing enough. Work that ends up in people's lives has to be completed to a high standard. Let's look at how we can achieve this by ourselves.
Break The Loop
We all have routines that keep us on the right track. Hopefully our routines are comprehensive enough to keep up busy all week. This can be limiting though. We can get bored and tired of routines and we can also neglect things that we forget to include. The little things and the big things matter just the same in professional circles and that ultimately means more work. Break from the loop to take a holistic look at what you're achieving and see what you can adapt and bring up to standard. Take time to break from the merry-go-round and listen to its music. You may find there are plenty of little and simple jobs just waiting for you to notice.
You're a creative person, so be creative as much as you can. If we stick to one process or one art-form for too long then it can cause our talent to look tired. Even bands that have a synonymous sound shift their album direction and particular highlighted techniques every time they make something new. Their stage show changes and the merchandise has updated styles. This is how you need to think in order to bring out the best in your work. Your projects will be richer and more accessible for it.
Harness Your Emotions
Emotions come naturally to all of us. Some have a higher degree of feeling that comes with them. They can cause us to be rude, obnoxious, foolish, and many more things. They can also give us the impetus to draw on incredible creative energy. For positive or negative, our emotions provide us with a stimulus to create from a deep and primal source. Whether we use our work to distract us or use our work to feel deeply, if we can maintain an awareness of our need to stay positive in the workplace, emotions can be highly motivational.
Be A Helpful Manager
Managing our own time is not much different to managing someone else's. If we can be a good manager for ourselves, make reasonable demands and issue reasonable rewards, things will flow more smoothly. We need to be consistent, and we have to nurture trust. This requires us to be predictable in quality and in availability. We have to be able to put down the games and pick up the pen. Not only this, we also have to make sure that time is taken to do things properly and well. Make sure that you have the self-control needed to switch off the entertainment and make space for work. Not just today but everyday.
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