Why time management is important in the art industry.
Why school teaches you bad habits
I’m bad at Time Management, what does this mean for me?
Tricks for good Time Management.
2.) Take breaks. Part of what makes good time management so hard is that people bite off more than they can chew and don’t allow any time to rest. Because of this, they were doomed to fail from the start. Allow time for small breaks at regular intervals where you won’t feel overworked or unmotivated, and don’t feel guilty about taking your breaks.
3.) Listen to your creative energy. If you find yourself getting burnt out on a project, take a few minutes to step away and get your creative juices flowing in a different way. Whether you sketch from life, doodle from imagination, write or sculpt something, it'll make going back to work that much more fresh.
4.) Take care of yourself! Make sure to get enough sleep every night. Try to get to bed and get up at the same time every day. Get enough food to eat and don’t go hungry while you work. When you feel the best, you’ll work the best.
5.) Eliminate distractions. Try to work in a quiet area, log out of facebook, put your phone on silent and turn off Netflix. The more brain power you give to your work, the better. This also gives you a great opportunity to reward your hard work with a quick facebook break, or a couple texts.
6.) Learn how to work faster. Part of time management is just being able to work at a speed where you have more time to do things, whether it’s just a safety buffer of time at the end of assignment, or time to take a walk and de-stress.
7.) Break down work into many small goals. I spend a lot of time staring blankly at my drawing, not knowing what to do next. I try to minimize the time my pencil is lifted from the page by breaking down my work into super simple goals. For example, if I am drawing a scene of a forest, I will first draw all the trees, then all the leaves, then all the bushes, then all the flowers, the rocks, etc, etc until the picture is complete. It sounds basic, but it frees up my mind to just keep moving as I work instead of constantly battling with what to do next.
Good time management is not something you will learn overnight. If you don’t get it right away, that’s okay. Breaking anything down into small achievable goals makes everything easier. If you always turn assignments in late, make a goal to turn every one in 30 minutes early, then go up from there. It can happen! As always, email me with any questions or if you are interested in other time management tips. Thanks for reading!