Artist During Lockdown
Tips for artists to stay productive during lockdown.
Everything is moving slower now, as are you. Tasks take longer to get done. It feels as if every day is groundhog day. It’s messing you up and you’re struggling with time management.
Thing is, what you’re struggling with is not managing your time, that’s just a disguise for the real issue at hand: you need to make decisions instead of putting things off due to current circumstances.
What you need is an actual routine. It’s important to focus on what you can control so that you can work towards building a stronger, more favorable narrative about yourself and this current global crisis.
You can control what your routine looks like. All you need to do is decide to get to work on that. What are the different building blocks you’ll choose in order to create a daily routine that works for you? Get started with the tips below.
1. Create a daily self-care practice
Self-care is about putting tools and practices in place to support your overall health and wellbeing. Every decision you make from the first thing you think the moment you wake up to the last thing you read before you go to bed can have a tremendous effect on your wellbeing.
A great tool to build in mindful breaks and alleviate stress and worry is meditation. Meditation is meant to be a sustainable practice, not just a go-to tool when you are faced with anxiety and stress.
Other things you can do for self-care are going over your finances weekly so that you can stay on top of your budget, learning to say no to thoughts and things that don’t make you happy, and get inspired by doing things you’ve never done before.
Giving your mind that well-deserved break allows S P A C E for your thoughts to be able to flow naturally, which helps to create something that you’ll be happy about.
2. Prioritize, plan and practice consistency
Build structure into your weeks by reviewing and planning ahead.How can you see actual progress and understand how to move forward if you’re not even willing to look back at what has happened and learn from it?
Block one hour weekly on Fridays to review and plan. It’s important you schedule this in because if it’s not planned, it’s not real and it’s never going to happen.
Why weekly? It’s easier for our brains to remember what happened over the course of a week than to go back for more than 7 days. It’ll also take less time if you do this weekly rather than monthly or quarterly because you’ll have to do more digging.
Review what went well so that you can do more of that and replicate that success. Identify what didn’t work for you so that you can identify areas for improvement and avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
Plan the week ahead so that you can determine what you’ll focus on. Setting priorities gives you peace of mind. So make a schedule for each week and think about the top 3 goals you want to achieve, ways you can focus more and what you’ll do to rest and digest. Do this consistently and you’ll start to achieve better results.
Just make sure you don’t cram too much in one day though! Give your eyes and ears a break so you can come back to the track with a clean perspective later on.
3. Identify your excuses and focus on taking action
Our excuses are those nasty little lies we tell ourselves from time to time that hold us back. We all do it! This is not about beating yourself up. But you need to recognise and own your excuses. Do you want to live up to your full potential? Then you must break free from the self-deceptive crap that’s holding you back.
Examples of the most common excuses are:
“I can’t do it, I don’t have (enough) time”
“I can’t afford it, it’s too expensive”
“My technical skills aren’t good enough, I’m just not a techie person”
These all sound reasonable, but don’t fool yourself. When it comes down to it, it’s not that you CAN’T do it, it’s that you WON’T. It just gives you an excuse not to have to take action.
Action is the making of imagination, it iis movement. Saying yes to something, deciding, is action as well, because making a decision is movement of thought.
Inspired action is the ultimate form of movement. When you take inspired action, your thoughts, feelings, focus, and attention are in harmony.
So focus on taking action. Come up with a clear plan that includes smart goals and a realistic timeline for your desired results.
4. Focus on building genuine relationships
Building relationships is vital for your success and the longevity of your career. You can not force or rush building genuine connections. Whether you’re making connections with fans or with professional contacts and peers, it’s going to take time.
Initiating authentic contact is a 2-way street and you shouldn’t go into it thinking about what you can get out of it, or what’s in it for you. Instead, ask yourself how you can be of service. This activity is about alignment of your biggest passion with your brand, vision, music, goals and mutual support and peer collaboration. Peers are all about giving without any expectation of a future result.
Creating a workable and enjoyable routine for yourself should go beyond this exceptional period. This lockdown isn’t necessarily bringing up all new feelings. It’s amplifying the discomfort that was already there, mostly below the surface.
Raise your awareness about the things you give your time and attention. By becoming more present, you learn to understand what you focus on. Make the conscious choice to focus on what you can control. If you’re not happy with your results, you can always choose to choose again. And that goes for everything you do in music and in life, regardless of the circumstances.