There is a saying that 80% of success is showing up. How difficult could that final push across the finish line be? Yet, inspiration and drive vanish upon entering the studio. You're showing up! Why isn't the work following? While each and every artist has their own unique way of working and setting up a studio, here are a few quick and easy adjustments that may make all the difference in your productivity, or at least 20%.
Keep it Simple Pare down your toolbox. While quality tools and materials can be helpful, too many options can lead to endless decision making throughout the art making process. Work with a limited palette or draw with a basic sketchbook and set of pens. Remove choice from the equation and you'll create room for greater, creative expression.
Dim the Lights (Cocktail Optional) Not only can dim lighting downplay other distractions in your studio, research shows that darker environments help stimulate creativity. It encourages freedom of thought, which leads to a more prolific generation of ideas. Should you be working through happy hour, a cocktail or glass of wine has proven to help too.
Set Your Phone to Airplane Mode While there is much inspiration to be found online, it probably won't be found scrolling your newsfeed on Facebook. Put your phone down and shift your focus to the work in front of you. The more you detach yourself from outside chatter, the more likely your mind will wander to unexpected places related to your work.
Turn Up the Volume Researchers found that a moderate level of ambient noise enhances creativity and productivity. It's no wonder coffee shops have become increasingly popular remote offices for computer-based workers. While many artists can't move their studio to a coffee shop, you can turn on a podcast, music, or ambient noise. Remember, moderate volume is key.
Feedback, Feedback, Feedback Building a network of creatives is important for artists at all points in their careers. Whether discussing ideas for future work or resolving material issues, feedback provides new perspectives, energy, and accountability. Form a critique group in your community, share resources for inspiration with fellow artists, or schedule studio visits via Skype with like-minded creatives from across the country.
What is your routine for increasing focus and motivation in the studio? Leave your tips in the comments section below; we'd love to hear from you.