Creative distractions

Does this sound familiar?

“I’ll learn _____ when I am able to buy _____.”

We think the perfect tool is necessary to complete a task or learn a new skill, but really this is just an easy way to justify our procrastination and desire to spend money.

Sure, the new Cintiq or stretched canvases would be awesome to work with, but if you aren’t going to spend an hour every day working on your work, then the new tools will just be a waste of money.

You could probably improve your skills by simply painting and drawing in your sketchbook everyday.

A friend of mine wouldn’t buy large expensive canvases until he completely worked out what he was going to paint by filling up an entire sketchbook.

First find the dedication, then put in the time, and finally buy the great equipment you have been wanting

When you think you are dependent on the tool, most often you’ll find out that was just an excuse. If you don’t have the dedication in the first place, the new tools and gear won’t make a difference. You will play with it for a few days, maybe even weeks, but then lose interest and move onto the next thing you need.

First prove to yourself you have the dedication.

Being a creative person, I often have ideas for new projects and things to create.

On one hand this is a good thing, because I always have something to work on. But new ideas can be distracting from what you should really be focused on.

I have an animation project, book project, and a few client projects.

Staying focused is critical to my business success and nothing is more toxic than new, distracting ideas.

So what do you do when inspiration strikes?

Confront it head on.

Stop what you are doing (if possible) and spend 15-20 minutes writing down and planning out the idea.

For us creatives, it usually means opening a sketchbook to draw and list out every single step of the project.

Everything that comes to mind put on paper.

From marketing to all the creative stuff.

Once the allotted brainstorming time is up, close your sketchbook, and forget about it.

You’ll still have the idea available if you want to revisit it, but it is no longer clouding your thoughts and focus. From there you can resume your previous task with a renewed focus.

Now it is time to go back to working on your main project.

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