If you are reading this, I am going to take a guess that as well as working a full time job, you are trying to create a career for yourself within a creative industry. I know how incredible hard it is to maintain a work and personal life balance, however I do believe that if this is something that you really want, there are comprises that will have to be made.
Sure, there are people out there who wake up and things will be handed to them, but in most cases that’s not how it works. A lot of dedication, self motivation and self belief will have to put in place to achieve your goals.
Here are a few techniques I use to help me stay both motivated and organised.
1. LISTS OF LISTS OF LISTS
I will refuse to leave the house without my note pad. Of course, if you prefer to keep your lists on your phone, iPad or Laptop, thats absolutely fine. You never know when an idea is going to come into your head and none of us that the compatibility to remember EVERYTHING.
My lists are broke down into 3 categories ; to do TODAY, to do THIS WEEK and to do IN GENERAL.
The to do TODAY list, will ensure that I get that little bit further every single day. I always make the list a little bit ‘ unachievable ‘ , that way I am more likely to get more done. The higher the expectations of yourself, the further you will push yourself. Rewarding yourself it’s probably something that’s also important but that’s a part I am still working on.
The to do THIS WEEK list, should consist of the things that need to be done by the end of the week e.g., deadlines. Setting yourself deadlines is actually a very good technique for self discipline. There isn’t anyone who is going to stand over you to question what you have done, therefore working to deadline is a great way to stay in check.
The to do IN GENERAL list are the things you will be adding to the other lists over time. So these could be things that you would like to do but you may need a bit more time for, something that’s not a propriety just yet or you have to wait for the circumstances to be right.
2. ESPACE PROCRASTINATION
There is always that one thing that you really cannot be bothered to do, but you know you have to, so suddenly you start to re organise your draws and paint the bathroom walls ( a bit of exaggeration ?! ) just to try to space the inevitable . You must start by doing that exact thing. Whether it’s the moment you get back from work, or when you wake up on a Saturday, force yourself to do that thing. Not only you’ll get an amazing satisfaction that you got it over done with, you’ll become a lot more motivated to carry on ticking things off your list.
3. STAY ENERGISED
Sometimes I will get back from home, head straight on my bed and think ‘ Not today Satan, I don’t have the energy to work today ‘. It took me a while to figure out how to escape that mind set. This is when I do the 3 following things : tidy my room. How are you suppose to concentrate or get creative when your room has become a walk in floordrobe? Have a shower. Sounds silly, and yes, sometimes I end up having several showers throughout the day, but I find it the best way to wake up and get energised. Have some GOOD food. Personal favourite, rye bread toast, Whole Earth peanut butter and sliced bananas. POW, you’re ready to do some work.
4. HAVE A SCHEDULE
This is where the comprise begins. Having social life is all fun and games, but the work isn’t going to do itself. I set myself days, on which I will stay in and work and days where I can enjoy myself. For example Monday & Wednesday I upload a new post ( and work from home these evenings ) Tuesday & Thursday I upload a video ( and also work from home these evenings ). Friday is always leave free. That way I can choose on the day if I want to see my friends or have a relaxing night to myself, or in fact do some work. Obviously, this is the schedule that works best for me and this will vary for each individual. This also doesn’t mean that it will always happen the way you planned, circumstances change and things come up, but this way you are more likely to get things done than somebody without a schedule.
5. MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE
The beauty of being a creative person is that with or without your knowledge you are surrounded by people who have similar if not the same passions as you, Really go out of your way to make friends with people are have same aspirations and passions as you. That way to can use your time to socialise and get work done at the same time. If you want to be a blogger, make friends with people who want to be bloggers, go out together to take photos then exchange some ideas. If you want to be a musician, create music together and network within your circle of friends. If you want to be an artist, organise time to spend time together and create at the same time. You will be surprised how much this will opens your mind to new ideas and instead of sitting in front of tv and thinking how you didn’t achieve anything at the weekend, you have managed to combine doing work with having a wonderful time with your friends.
Trust me when I say that these are not part of my personality trades. This is something I had to self taught and work hard enough for it to become a habit. I really hope you have found my techniques helpful and if you would like to find out others ways I motivate and discipline myself, let me know. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.