Fresh out of college? freelancing or just have a lot of free time during the fall season? It's easy to feel nostalgic about the days of attending school/Art school and get caught up in those emotions of remembering those pain excruciating yet fun studio classes. When it comes to this particular season inspiration can be either be High or dry depending on the mood or circumstances.
Here are our tips to keeping yourself busy, organized and constantly working throughout the fall 2017 season.
Tip 1: Get organized!
Sort your desk, organize those art/sound files on your computer, get around to redecorating your room/ studio space. Create the space you'd feel comfortable in and you'll obtain positive vibes from it! also by setting up your space to create before hand you'll feel a lot more productive to create because you'll have all your needs, resrouces and materials at your disposal! Imagine you're about to begin filming a vlog or video, or about to begin painting, How great is it to have all your film & sound equipment, or art materials right there art the jump? you're ready to create and dominate!
By doing these tricks you'll have much more time to task your days and get more work done then running around and grabbing things as you go fumbling and looking for that one supply you saw just the other day.
Tip 2: Time Management
From the beginner artist to the seasoned pro, Time management can be a tricky thing to master and even start. Sometimes as a creative spirit when you hear the words "Time Management" it can sound very anti-artist, very corporate, not creative, and just devoid of what you want to spend your time doing. However, time management is an effective key to you becoming restoring, and simply bettering yourself as a creative person and strengthening your creative practice.
sometimes when your in the midst of executing, Your goals and projects it can feel a bit to much to handle which can cause stress.Thankfully, with some planning you can create a successful formula to help you manage yourself as an artist and person!
As creatives, were very good at finding the answers to problems and coming up with ingenious ways to solve them on the regular. For effective management the first step is accessing your needs, wants and professional/personal goals. The Abundant artist released an article on time management where you ask yourself questions regarding your goals and how important they are to you to complete them:
What do you want?
What's important enough so you can commit to it?
If you don't know what's important how do you know whether to do it or not?
Author, Time management for artists: How to feel more satisfied at the end of your day
Exactly this, By figuring out and accessing what's important to you can can begin to plan, and bullet point how to go about it, what's needed for it's execution, and what's the most creative and effective way to find the solution to it. Lauren makes sure to stress that there are no wrong answers to these questions and what's right for you is right for you.
Links and references to more time management material:
The Abundant artist
Tip 3. Identifying Time Wasters and Multitasking
A big part of keeping productive is being able to pinpoint the procrastination time periods throughout your day. Taking a 2 hour break to watch stranger things or hemlock grove? longer naps than intended? the whole internet? by finding these wasters you'll be able to combat these in an effective manner that helps you find your focus. There applications out that are built to block distractions on your phone and your computer during your work time available. One good application for this is called rescue time which monitors your surfing time and allows you the option to prevent non work related websites.
This part varies person to person/artist to artist, but multitasking can often become very time consuming and short circuit you quickly. Yes, you can have about 100 tabs open at once doing doing the most you can, but that can often sometimes harm you from actually finishing tasks rather than knock them out. It's best to go it one at a time to put your attention and focus on each task with 100 percent of what you have. If you're dedicated to the art of multitasking then it's best to at least try to achieve 2 things at a time, while working on one task you can set yourself up to a work to a certain checkpoint stop, and begin the next to a certain check point and switch back allowing yourself to absorb information better.
(Pro tip:) Forgive yourself sometimes we can really go hard on ourselves for procrastinating, stop feeling guilty about your procrastination. Everyone's done it at some point, were sure Davinci had lazy days too.
remember it's always better to work smarter, than faster.
Tip 4 . To do lists:
Never underestimate the power of lists. Often times when you plan our your day in your head you get the jist of what you want to accomplish and bounce around these ideas as you attempt to work throughout your day. Things can get cluttered when you're working on one project and suddenly another project comes into your mind that's too awesome for you to refuse. To do lists go hand in hand with the essentials of time management. It can be a very effective way to visually reward yourself for completing each task you set out.
You can customize your to lists in very creative ways as well, from bullet points in a journal, or list of what to do/complete on a sheet of paper to post it notes you can keep on your wall and desk in which you simply pull down once you've completed. It can be very rewarding seeing a whole basket of completed sticky notes or a list of crossed off items and tasks. If you're into digitally tracking your time there's an excellent app called Todoist recommended by reddotblog.com which allows you to create an online do list and track your progress.
To do list and more:
Red dot blog
Tip 5. Teach yourself something new
There's always time to learn something new! free time is always a great opportunity to teach yourself something new and interesting. Are you an Illustrator? how about new inking and watercolor techniques, musician? how to write and play a new song, or maybe how to take up a new instrument, film? new audio dubbing tips and tricks? there's a multitude of information and content always passing through the internet, libraries, and bookstores. Go to your local library and check out some books on a subject you're interested in learning, go on the internet and use that Facebook and Hulu time to Youtube a new skill or DIY trick! there's always something to learn.
Also, If you're not to keen on learning something new per-say, you can always brush up on the basics of your practice, after all practice makes consistent. consistent makes good work.
Tip 6. Bodies of work and social media:
Take this time to begin a new body, series of work! create and cultivate new ideas by doing research, planning, and planned practices to push yourself into the next level of your artist career. In addition, social media when being used effectively can be one powerful tool to boost your presence in art world. when creating new pieces of work, daily drawing, or any creative activity keep it tracked and recorded with your social media, use Facebook up update posts on your progress and ask your fans, friends and family members what they think so far, use Instagram to create buzz around your art pieces by snapping photos, videos and live streams of your artwork and tag it!
(Pro tip:) Collaborate! team up with some of your friends/ reach out to artists that you know or email some networking contacts about any potential collaborations that can possibility happen! pitch to them an idea or have a networking date with them to brainstorm!
We have a few articles on the practical uses of Instagram & Facebook and how it can benefit you as a creative below!
Tip 7. Finished Not perfect:
We can't stress this enough. Whether it's starting a brand new project or continuing an old one it's always best to finish your product and content. By obsessing over what it is now you'll never be able to step back and see the bigger picture as a whole. As creative people we constantly grow and evolve. As we grow into more proficient creators we will always be disatisfied with the work we create, so why fuss over the perfection now when were going to be fussing about these same points again in the future. the world needs content that we create to inspire the next cycle of creation and artistic people out there.
artist and book illustrator Jake Parker captures this in words very well in the video we attached above.
Tip 8. Go out to events related to your interests:
Attend Gallery exhibits, get lost in the Met, Music shows of genres/ bands you like, Film screenings with Q& A, there are so many events happening throughout New York city its impossible not to find something within your niche, from networking events to creative activities get out there and enjoy your craft and the pleasures that come with it. By doing this you never know who you'll meet, what opportunities you'll come across or even provide! 529 Arts Avenue hosts a series of events and exhibitions throughout the fall and winter season that falls around visual art, Music, film screenings, workshops and classes!
In addition to these, You can join an artist collective or residency and share a work space with fellow artists and creatives which is a perfect way to stay in the creative and productive mood!
Submit your art/music and poetry here and view our list of events!
Ope call applications
Become a featured artist and join our online residency
Featured artist page:
List of resources for networking
Tip 9. Give back and Volunteer
One of the most effective ways to spend time is to give back and Volunteer, it's also a great gateway into learning more about a field and getting behind the scenes access to just about anything you're curious about. By volunteering in your respective field or even a new field you gain new experience as well as give the knowledge of the experience you have as well. It can be as simple as offering to teach a workshop or class, helping out in an exhibition, or even just providing knowledge and information for an organization or company. You can also seek out internship opportunities as well. The sky is the limit for volunteering. Plus, there's no better feeling than partaking in and giving back to a community.
We hope these tips helped out!
Happy creating during the fall season!