Warning: This post contains pictures of what my room looks like when I'm in the middle of working on a stage production. Those of you who are friends of tidy workspaces or have a weak stomach should not continue reading. Then again, you probably saw the thumbnail already. And also, these pictures are quite big and you're probably not reading my blog on your mobile. You might as well continue.
|Right. That's my table. Combined with the floor I have abut 20 m² of desktop to ruin.|
I have thought about sharing this with you. I wasn't quite sure whether I should, because actually I'm a little bit ashamed. If I had had the time tot invite friends over, I probably wouldn't have. But then I thought I can't be the only one to be like this and maybe someone will be glad about some tips I found out to be quite helpful.
Whether you're a professional in the creative field, a student or a possionated hobby seamstress whose friend asked her to make her a wedding dress, meeting a deadline and not going crazy can be hard sometimes. Especially if you have very limited time or super much work today. And probably also there's a cat to take care of, a flatmate that wants you to clean the kitchen, an extra job or univesity classes that will need your time as well.
1. Keep your work space tidied up. At least somewhat. The pictures state that I'm not the one to tell anyone about this. And I'll admit I'm really bad at it. It's still a good tip though and I'm working really hard on dropping my chaotic habbits. Putting stuff away after you've finished a step might seem time consuming, because you'll need it again tomorrow, but the piles of material will add up and then you'll need this one special tool and won't be able to find it. You will spend hours searching for it. Or you'll forget something at home when you're going to the rehearsal or the fitting or whatever because it was hidden under the clothes you wore yesterday, which you dropped one the floor because you were to tired to put them in the laundry right away. Chaos is nothing someone can master. It is just a stupid habit. Change it before it's too late.
2. Make lists. Nothing is as helpful as lists. To do lists, material lists, shopping lists, accessoires lists, address lists, measurement lists. Lists are your friends. Keep them at hand and updated anytime. Check them regularly and especially before a rehearsal. Nothing can happen if your lists are good.
3. Take pictures. You might have a photographic memory, but not even that is as good as actual photos. Take them whenever something reaches the next level. This will not only motivate you because you can see your own progress but it will also help you discover what to improve. If you change something and don't like the result, you can look at the pictures you took before to go back or find something in between or something cmpletely different. Also, if you feel like it, you can show your work to others and ask for their opinion.
4. Take some time off. Even if that deadline is getting closer, it won't help your creativity or your psyche to lock yourself in your room for the next week and stick to your work all the time. Go outside. Have a coffee with an old friend. Go to the cinema. If the weather is nice, take a blanket to the park and enjoy a sunbath. Then go back to work.
|...and that's my bed. Sleeping is overestimated anyway.|
6. Be pretty. This might sound vain, but I always feel good when I look good. So take that extra 15 minutes in the morning to pick out some nice clothes to wear, get some make-up on and do one of these super bohemian easy hairstyles everyone expects from you because you're so artsy and stuff. Then leave the house with your head held high. Not in an old jumper and you're most comfortable pair of jeans (except that combo looks super cute on you).
I hope this helped someone out there. No that I have freetime and a social life again, I'll probably head to the park and do some open air crafting. Cheerio!