How to be a more productive artist?

How to increase productivity?

Are you a serial procrastinator? Being an artist comes with its mental challenges and dealing with your productivity can be harder than it seems. Whether it be the tv, social media or internet memes working from home can be full of obstacles, but there are some methods you can use to boost your productivity and take it to the next level. With that in mind, we created a list that includes some of the best methods to boost your creativity and productivity.

Set a creative time for each day

Some artists are very productive in the afternoon, others during the morning. So, set a creative time and work only during that time. You can have a different creative time for each day if you want. The idea is to know when you can give your best, as that will boost your productivity a lot. Save the routine tasks for a time outside that schedule. During the ‘creative time’ you must shut out all distractions, put your phone in another room, turn your tv off. If you need something to help you through the workload then go for ‘easy listening’ music and have it on a low volume, the idea is to give 100% of your attention to whatever your working on. In the end, you can get more productive by planning which will increase your output as an artist.

Practice all the time

Yes, practice makes perfect, and you can boost your productivity if you practice all the time. When you practice, you learn to be more comfortable with your skills which will allow you to speed up your productivity and increase the quality of your work.


Relax?! Hardly seems like a good productivity tactic, however, I personally think it is. Designate time to go outside and experience the world. In fact, most artists get their inspiration from the outside world, being stuck in a room all the time is no way to treat your brain. Your brain will only take looking at the same bedroom wall for so long until you hit a mental block, so relax, find a new surrounding and let your brain run wild. Soon enough you will find the urge to pick up your tools and start creating again, and with a refreshed mindset you will be not only happier but more productive.

Use the Pomodoro technique

This is a great technique that allows you to manage distractions and it can also offer you a way to eliminate a natural burnout. The principle is to break down work into manageable intervals. Here’s the process:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the Pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
  3. Work on the task.
  4. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

Source [1]

How does it work? Pfft, I have no idea I’m not a psychologist but it may be something you can use to increase your productivity.

Be organized

One of the simplest ways to boost your productivity as an artist is to be organized. Having an organized workspace will clear your thoughts of any distractions and will allow you to focus on your work and not on the pile of work on your desk. For me this organization helps to restore balance in my mind and in effect makes me more content whilst working. I’m sure this method will not be for everyone, but speaking from personal experience it’s worth a shot.

Beware of Social Media

There is a reason social media is such a large part of modern day society and that’s because it is so damn addictive. You can spend hours scrolling through the same memes for hours and when you finally realise the time it’s usually too late. Cut this distraction off, turn off your notifications whilst working and when you do log on to your favourite social media site, set yourself an allocated amount of time. Beware of social media, it’s a specialised killer of time.

These are just some ways to increase your productivity as an artist. Keep in mind that hard work is the heart of all of these solutions. Distractions will always exist; the human brain is a wonderful mushy thing inside your head and without it we wouldn’t be able to create the amazing things we do. At the end of the day, try to minimise the little distractions in your life and you will reap the rewards as time goes on.

Have any more tips? Please share them below in the comment section.


[1] Source: The Pomodoro Technique® - proudly developed by Francesco Cirillo | Cirillo Consulting GmbH

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