These 7 tips are reminders on how to train yourself to develop a creative, organized schedule that keeps you moving, active and following your passion.
If you’ve wasted time, procrastinated or find yourself wondering where did the time go, you need a shift kick in your arsenal and a few reminders to fuel your tank.
- Get back to a productive schedule. Self discipline and repetition is your biggest friend. If you’re enrolled in a class (improv, writing, dance, music, etc.) or following a ritual, your structure and daily regimen reinforces what your body knows, but your head sometime forgets.
- Keep a journal by tracking your progress. Pay attention to when you are doing the work, or wasting time. Make small improvements and update your action list, to do list daily and weekly as needed.
- Take a look around your space and environment. See what is really blocking you physically or artistically – is it clutter, email, TV, your smartphone? While technology can help life run more efficiently, it is sometimes a big distraction. Know the difference if it is helping you or distracting you from your work. Remember: you need space to create and breathe, not a pile of stuff.
- See a show. Art stimulates art and laughs shake up soul. We’ve got lots of them at Second City - where I work. And there’s ALOT of good stuff out there. Pick up an Entertainment weekly in your area and treat yourself by seeing a show. If you see what other people are doing, you may get inspired to do your next big thing. E-mail yours truly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will offer you a 2 for 1 pass - seriously.
- Follow the 10 minute rule and do something related to your passion and craft. Don’t think about it just do something. Research a class, e-mail a theatre, make a phone call. Work like an executive and get a lot done in a short amount of time. ( This is a favorite of mine and it really increases lots of productivity.)
- Be a time buster and say, “No.” politely to anything that doesn’t fit in your schedule. Be judicious with your time and Yes And…the people, places and things that support who you are.
- Honor your time. Honor you.
That’s it. Your fool-proof reminder list for getting back on the train. Travel light and enjoy your ride.