I have a few organization ideas up my sleeve that I use in order to get my creativity flowing. Because although I like to think I can just sit down at any moment and churn out some awesome creative pieces, there’s usually a few steps I have to take to get to that point; I’m guessing you’re the same way. #amiright?
And I don’t know about you, but life often has a tendency to interrupt me juuuuust when I’m getting into a flow of creativity. It can be really hard to pick up where I left off, so I use a few jedi mind tricks to keep my productivity + creativity flowing.
Make space to create:
I try to consistently set aside time when I know I can create (9am/3 days a week for at least 30 minutes). It seems so simple, right? Since I have a baby under 1, those times are often interrupted or eliminated, but it helps to know that I am at least trying and that I have the time set aside just for my creative whims. He won’t be a baby forever and I want to try to stick to the habit of consistently showing up for the work–I know if I can get my body there, my mind will follow. And if I’m organized about it, I get even better results.
I keep supplies easily accessible so that I can take advantage of a free 20 minute block. I recently bought mini versions of a few of my most used supplies and store them in a totebag, so I can take it anywhere.
The supplies include:
- A multi-media sketch pad
- small box of favorite markers, pens and a few paint brushes
- a small water palette
- wax crayons (I can use them for heavy vibrant marks or create a watercolor effect from them)
- gel medium
- scraps of paper for collage
This way I can create very easily without setting up a lot of stuff. It has taken the pressure off of needing to only create in my studio because in the past, that’s where all of the supplies were.
Capture images as I go:
I try to take a lot of pictures and document what I do so I can use the images as backgrounds for social media graphics or add to posts later (especially when it’s an art in progress post!)
I try to take photos of everyday life that I know would make a nice background for my blog posts or social media graphics, too. And the simpler the better–it doesn’t have to be a fancy picture, just something easy on the eyes and in focus always works great. And don’t worry about needing some fancy equipment. I take the pictures with my phone! Most phones have a pretty amazing camera these days so I just use a lot of natural light and get snapping.
Simplify with batching (best organization idea hack):
I try to batch create when at all possible. If I’m creating a graphic for a social media post or a blog post, I try to create a few at a time, even if it means I’m not going to use them right away. I have a file folder in my dropbox (more on that below) that is literally labeled “not used yet” and it’s where I keep some images and graphics for future use. It’s a total time saver!
“I love wasting time,” said no one, ever.
I create paintings in batches as well. When I’m working on a piece, I usually have a few in rotation that I can go to when one is drying, that way I’m always working on something. It not only helps keep the creative flow going, but I’m getting a lot done rather than sitting and watching paint dry (literally.)
Store images in a cloud:
Dropbox is my best friend. There is a free version, but I pay for the monthly version because it gives me a lot more space. I can access that sweet drive from anywhere! Not only do I have it on my laptop, but I have it on my phone and I can immediately upload the pictures I take. It makes creating social media graphics sooooo easy and fast. Organizing everything into folders also helps keep everything in order and makes the images simple to use.
I don’t assume I’ll remember:
Here’s a simple but powerful organization idea: I try to write any good ideas down when they come up. Not only do I have an app that will capture inspiration when it strikes (Hello my love, Google Keep) but I also carry around a small moleskine in my purse to make notes or sketches when they pop into my head. It’s nothing fancy, it’s just to jot things down because sometimes the perfect idea comes to me when I’m in the shower. You too? 🙂
Hope these ideas are helpful to you–here’s to being more creative!