Achieving success in your business is not an easy task. Especially if you are juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities at once, it can be difficult to keep everything on track. One of the best ways to maintain a successful workflow is by automating processes that you're less efficient with or struggle with more than others. This will allow you to spend more time focusing on what you do best and enjoy most. Here are five tips for improving your own personal workflow:
1. Build a positive mindset
When it comes to having a successful workflow, a positive mental attitude is key. It's important to be optimistic and focus on the good things that are happening in your life, both in your personal and professional life. It's also essential to be motivated and have a strong desire to achieve your goals. By maintaining a positive mindset, you will be able to better handle stress and setbacks. And lastly, don't forget to enjoy the process! Taking time to relax and have fun will make you more productive in the long run.
When artists struggle with their workflow, it's often because they don't enjoy what they're doing.
Artwork by: Gone_L
How can you relieve pressure upon yourself and get back to seeing creative processes as a fun, positive outlet for your energy?
To continue to learn and grow, your mindset needs to allow you to explore the space you are interested in. For everyone, the solution is different. Solutions can range from taking trips to new and interesting places, sketching loosely, returning to basic fundamentals, or just taking time away from the subject.
2. Finished doesn't mean perfection
It's important to remember that "finished" doesn't mean perfection. You can always go back and tweak things, but if you spend too much time perfecting each and every detail, you'll never get anything done. Plus, your clients or customers will likely be more forgiving of small mistakes if the overall image feels right.
The early stages of sketching are where the most excitement lies, as the changes are rapid, going from a blank sheet of paper or a white iPad screen and rapidly coming to life with brush strokes and color.
The final steps of the process are often small changes, little touch-ups that have more to do with your critical eye than of any real necessity for change. Remember that, and step back when the time is right. If it's done, let it be done.
3. Details and scrutiny can wait until the end
As we mentioned above, the early stage of the process allows for free-flowing, loose sketching. Initially, relax and let shapes form, adding color and detail gradually as you go.
Artwork by: Simeon Schaffner
You may find that your end result looks nothing like the original sketches, but if the product that your mind and hand have put down onto paper is pleasing, then it is worth the simplicity of this loose approach. Concentrating on getting every little thing right only slows down your creation and makes art less fun.
4. It's fine to use references
When you're creating art, it's important to use reference points. Reference points can be anything from photos you've taken to objects you have in your home. They can help you create a more accurate depiction of what you're trying to create.
You can also use reference points to help with composition. If you're having trouble coming up with an interesting composition, look for inspiration in nature or other artwork. Try to find elements that are unique and interesting and use them in your own work.
Another way to improve your workflow is to use personal projects or refer back to past projects. Personal projects can often be more stressful because you don't have the buffer of "it's just for work." But they can also be some of the most rewarding pieces you create, and it's good to include them in your regular workflow.
Anything that helps take the pressure off you and allow you to think positively about your processes is going to make art that much more enjoyable, relieving any psychological pressures related to the work, such as anxiety.
5. Change or organize your workspace
When you change your workspace, you can change your entire mood and how you feel about working. Not only does this help you to be more productive, but it can also make you feel happier and more accomplished. Some people find that they work better in a cluttered or messy environment, while others need complete silence in order to focus. Experiment with different workspaces and see what suits you best. You may be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.
Artwork by: Mario Alberti
If you are spending your time working on several different tasks, it can be beneficial to create a master list of all the things you want to accomplish. You should include everything from work-related tasks to personal goals and even chores that need to get done. Having this list can help you take control of your life and make sure that everything gets taken care of in a timely manner. You can also use this list to make sure that you don't miss any deadlines or important events.
Working on a positive mindset can be the difference between enjoying your work and hating it. When you're in a good mood, it's easier to be productive and efficient. If you find that you're struggling to stay positive, take some time for yourself to relax and clear your head. Maybe change up your workspace or take a break from social media. Finishing something doesn't mean it has to be perfect - there's always room for improvement. By using these tips, you can make working more enjoyable and less stressful. What changes will you make today?