As musicians, visual and print artists, and writers and poets, the ability to focus can sometimes be our Achilles’ heel. There’s rarely a shortage of ideas, melodies or storylines, but the task of putting it all together can feel uncreative. While the world is making their annual resolutions, here are 5 anti-resolutions (“anti” so as not to feel so daunting) for creatives. The good part is, you can start anytime!
- Google Calendar. Keep up with your meetings and appointments by putting everything in Google Calendar; you’ll be much more organized. I also use the Goal and Reminder features as a daily “to-do” list. Plus, it’s always with you on your phone and laptop.
- Follow Up. Others get busy just like we do. When you don’t hear back from a venue, a collaborator, or potential business client, don’t be afraid to send them a short email. They’ll appreciate the reminder, and it’ll showcase your level of professionalism.
- Short Strides. Whatever your field, take short strides each day to work toward the finished product. Write a paragraph, a verse, whatever. Each step gets you closer.
- Mirror Success. Find those that are where you’d like to be, and check out their stories. Read their books and check out their podcasts; you’re learn a lot.
- Break Time. At the end of the day, take a break. Being constantly “on the grind” sounds good, but is unrealistic and can be unhealthy. Watch Netflix, ride a bike, or host a game night. Your creative life should also be a balanced life!
Marvin is a musician, recording artist and blogger. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @mthompsonjr.