Want to be more productive, and get more done in your day?
Of course you do, we all want to be more productive. Who doesn’t? Losers I suppose.. No one ever said being a Creative Rock Star designer was ever going to be a piece of cake. After 20 years in this business, I’ve learned there are certain ways to be more productive.
–1. Be Decisive & Create Deadlines.
Being Decisive is Better than Being Right. Read that sentence again. It’s true because you are growing and learning FASTER if you make your decisions faster. Do not wallow in indecision or your future will be taken away from you. Read the Flinch, a free ebook on Amazon. This could potentially change your life forever. While you’re being decisive, create deadlines for your own professional growth. Always wanted to start a kick ass blog about how to be a better graphic artist? Do you have a perspective to help others in the same situation? Then set a launch date and get to it. Waiting until your have time will only prolong your current miserable situation.
–2. FOCUS, Turn off Email.
Just turn the shit off. Do it now. Get your work done – check out this book – DO THE WORK. Email can be mind-numbing and a productivity killer. Turn Email off for 120 mins per day while you FOCUS on your commitments, you’ll thank me for it later. Now get busy. What are you waiting for?
–3. Schedule Creative Breaks.
Play music, brainstorm your next blog post, go the beach and draw in the sand, talk a freaking walk and say something creative to the next person you run into. Just take a creative break, allow for it. Schedule it into your day. Then when you return to your computer you’ll be more energized to kick some ass.
–4. Take the Road LESS Traveled.
Do not do what others are doing. Think differently, act differently. You’ll get different results, you’ll get more done. Turn the T.V. off. Get up at 5 am and work on YOUR stuff before work (if you still have a day job in this economy..) Work on Saturday nights instead of hitting the bars or clubs. Take the road less traveled. Baby steps, but stay on it or you’ll have regrets about not moving forward or pushing yourself, and your career will stagnate. Create different patterns and you’ll see better results.
–5. Go BIG or go home.
Make HUGE goals for yourself. This is an excellent and motivational Podcast from Sean McCabe, check it out when you have 60 mins to kill. Making huge goals will force you to get to work. The loftier the goal, the more work that will be required. You only have one shot at this life, so THINK BIG. Shoot for the Stars and land on the Moon. Hey, at least you’ve made it beyond the stratosphere…
–6. Bonus Mantra – Helping Others will Help Yourself
Being productive means being successful. The key to this life is to put yourself out there. Find that balance between exhilaration and fear. It took me a long fucking time to figure out that the more you help others, the more the love will come back to you in perpetuity. Go out of your way to be there for people, and you’ll see the benefits TENFOLD. btw, if you need help with a logo or a creative project, let me know and I’ll do my best to give you some Creative Direction. I’m here for you. Contact me and let’s do this.
–This hangs on the wall of my studio to remind me:
What are some of the ways YOU stay productive?
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– Your Creative Junkie