Be Prepared for Distractions in Creativity
Distractions during creative time will happen from time to time. Author, teacher, artist Julia Cameron knows that well and discusses this at length in her series of books The Artists Way.
| Read my personal summaries on two books here
Below is a list I recently created when I asked myself what I have done in the past and what you can do now to help alleviate distractions before your next personal creative time or project.
CREATE A HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER
If you have a family or others who live in the home with you, create a Home Management Binder with all the cheat sheet household information. You can include things like logins and passwords to household entertainment sources like Netflix or Hulu, calendars, school information or schedules, chore charts and things like emergency contacts. This eliminates you having to be asked questions that will distract you from your creative practice time or creative projects.
DEVELOPE A ROUTINE THAT FITS YOU BEST
Make technology your ally or turn it off! Turn off all alerts that are not connected to your creative time. If your work is tied to the internet, only have tabs or sites open that are directly connected to the task at hand.
| Also read: Change Your Relationship with Social Media.
CONSIDER YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Explore other places to work creatively. Consider taking smaller creative projects to the library or a coffee shop and work on things there. Or if you are limited on spaces in your home to work, you can connect with another art/studio space and inquire about time there in instances where you need to switch things up.
PREP YOURSELF FOR CREATIVITY
Practice having the next part of your creative project already ready for you. You'll know exactly where you will begin when you come back to it.
| Also read supporting post: Prep Yourself for Creativity
| Book recommend: Do The Work, by Steven Pressfield.
What are other ways you have eliminated distractions? If you are still struggling in this area, what would you say is the most challenging part for you?