Advice on How to Stay Productive from 5 Creatives on Their Grind
If you’re anything like me, you find yourself constantly run into a creative block. I reached out to a few of my creative peers to see what words of wisdom they can share in regards to how they stay productive when the inspiration ain’t flowing like it used to. While reading this, please keep in mind we all have our own processes to finding our rhythm. However, seeing as these are a few of the most hard working creatives I know, I value their advice and feel as if they would be able to help someone who reads this.
“The best advice I could give to a creative struggling with being productive is to stop trying to force productivity and go play. Our brains and creative energies need breaks of engagement and while it’s true that waiting for inspiration is bullshit, so is forcing work for the sake of work. Get up, get out and play. Stay in bed and watch Netflix all day. Give yourself some grace and give yourself a break and see if you come back to your work refreshed and better able to tackle what’s in front of you. Also, get the Productivity Planner and use the Pomodoro technique – they’ve changed my life.”
- Gabrielle Hickmon; Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Reign XY, Author of “Sunny” [ @gabgotti + @thereignxy]
“If your struggling to be productive then have some alone time to focus your priorities. Also, being organized can put you back in the zone. It’s so easy to get distracted. I find that while being a creative, sometimes I have to force myself to create something. Even if its just trying your hand at something different just do it. I always kinda rediscover my love for the arts every time. For me, I get too comfortable and I’m aware that I’m capable of anything but nobody gets to see that cause I’m not constantly expressing what I can do. So don’t be selfish with your talents; put action behind what you want in life.”
- Ayanna Lyn; Freelance Makeup Artist, Nail Tech, & Visual Artist [Instagram: @anayabee]
“So you’ve found yourself in a creative drought. You’re searching for the inspiration to fuel your passion but it just feels like the fire that once burned so fiercely is ready to die. You’re grasping at straws, drowning in stagnation...but I promise you that this isn’t the end. Let’s take a step back. Set your intention and remind yourself why your passion is your passion. Stop beating yourself up for a moment, treat yourself (emotionally, spiritually, physically). Visit the places that bring back a rush of good memories. Go sit outside and get some sun as that cool breeze caresses the back of your neck. Eat at that restaurant that has your absolute favorite food. Go visit that person who you can peacefully sit in silence with. Bring yourself to that happy place, whatever, wherever, whoever it is. Do the things that remind you that you are alive! Get back to your center, remember who you are and who you do it for!”
- Marvin H., Producer & Visual Artist [Twitter: @SimplyDop3 + Instagram: @marvin_h]
“I’d say make time. Force yourself to sit down and do what your passionate about. It’s easy to get caught up doing your everyday stuff (especially if you have a full time job or you’re in school) so it’s important to make time for your passions and understand that every time you sit down to work on it that it’s not gonna be perfect or complete but the point is to keep trying and working at it because as long as your passionate something is gonna pop off.”
- Erin, Co-Host of “Vital Information” Podcast [Twitter: @angelicafickle Instagram: @sickerthanuraverage_]
“The best advice is to NOT follow the path of similar creatives in your field. One of the major issues with creatives is that every unique market is becoming saturated with a particular style or action. Take for example DJing. The New York market for DJs is heavily saturated, and as a result to stand out in a market as such is to be unique. You can market the exact same way other Djs are marketing, you cannot play the same style of music that everyone else does. You will easily get lost in the sauce. As a Creative, this is your moment to shine, your versatility and unique attribute is what you need to capitalize on. Once this is practiced, the productivity should rise and so should the fan base, because you bring something new, different, fresh to the table.”
- DJ Selecta Jigga [Instagram: @selectajigga]
As you can see what works for some might not work for others. Some of us need a break while others need a push in order for us to get our shit together and on our grind. I’m hoping this was helpful to those of you who struggle with staying productive when it comes to accomplishing your goals.
What works for you? Keep the conversation going and let us know in the comments or on social media!