Five Tips For Staying Focused During The New Year – An Artistic Creativity Guide

It’s That Time Of Year Again 

 

Drum roll please. . .

Welcome to the New Year. To some, 2016 seemed odd and strange with all the pop culture deaths that occurred and to others it was a dream. Though, when we put all of that aside, we now are faced with reviewing and improving personally upon last year.

Today, I would like to take a little time to give a few tips that help me stay focused, motivated and creative year round. Photographer or not I think everyone can take something from the guide and put it to good use. 

Tip One: WRITE OFTEN

 

Writing helps us create the structure, and gather our thoughts on our mission as landscape photographers. Also, while helping any other part of life that challenges us in our everyday lives. The outside influence can often be overwhelming. Sometimes, we are distracted by our family lives, second jobs, and anything else life throws at us. No matter what it is writing can be a cornerstone strategy for improving our focus. 

Here is a list of ways you can write to stay organized:

  • Blog
  • Journal/Notebook
  • Whiteboard – “my personal favorite” 

*Remember the more often you take the time to express yourself, the more you engrain an intention to reflect and focus on your core mission. 

 

Tip Two: DAY DREAMING & Silence

 

Nothing helps creativity like some good ole day dreaming and brainstorming after. I know in my own life I often stop and let my mind go wild. Sometimes, I actually envision photographs that I want to create from that silent space before I even take a step. Silence is a powerful energy and often when my creativity is struggling it is because I’ve forgotten to embrace silence. 

Benefits of Day Dreaming & Silence 

  • Relaxation
  • Improved Productivity & Focus
  • New Ideas & Visions

*Daydreaming without action may not be productive and I find it helps to write down our ideas afterwards. 

 

Tip Three: Start Close In 

 

For this tip I would like to refer to a poem by David Whyte. Remember, no matter how many tips you follow it is all about finding your own unique way. 

 

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple.

To hear
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes an
intimate
private ear
that can 
then
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

- David Whyte

TIP Four: Simplify. Simplify. Simplify! 

 

As a landscape photographer it is important to stay focused, and by simplifying our work flow, we can achieve that. Whether it is how we organize our visions by using whiteboards, or software to organize photos. Each step we take in decluttering our lives allows for us to express creativity effectively.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST TIP FIVE: Connect

 

Feeling connected to our art is important and it applies to everything we do in our lives. If you aren’t feeling connected, I would take some time to think about how you can engage. I have used these tips to reengage over and over again in my own art and they have helped me stay focused in moments when I felt lost.

The hardest part is starting the process, and often that is the part we need to begin connecting to. Finding others with similar interests can also be helpful, new personal connections always help me connect back to my own unique visions. 

I wish you a New Year of Productivity, Creativity, and Focus!

 
Happy New Years,  Jacob 

 

One comment on “Five Tips For Staying Focused During The New Year – An Artistic Creativity Guide

  1. Great and meaningful post! I'm sure everyone has different reasons for writing and keeping a blog, and many share similar peipvectrses on blogging like yours. Keep on blogging!

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