Counterproductive Habits

Episode 208 · June 19th, 2022 · 36 mins 59 secs

About this Episode

Being productive in the studio means different things to each artist--but wanting to grow and achieve new levels in our work is basic to the creative process. Yet there are many practices and attitudes that work against productivity, causing frustration and creative blocks, and wasting valuable studio time. Today we will talk about some of these counterproductive situations and how to challenge them in your own studio practice.

If we consider that the definition of counterproductive is “tending to hinder the attainment of a desired goal” it makes sense to try to get a sense of what your own goals are for productivity. For example, some people work consistently for a certain number of days a week, while others are fine working in shorter spans of time that are available to them. Having a good sense of your own goals for productivity helps you recognize any habits that work against that. Counterproductive habits include procrastination, wanting the studio to be in perfect order, or failing to finish work. Overthinking is another major issue for many people, inhibiting their decision-making process, and getting in the way of intuitive flow in the studio.

An interesting perspective on these habits is that you don't have to be the same person in the studio as you are in the rest of life. By making your studio a refuge, separate from the rest of life, you may be able to shed personal counterproductive habits. When you walk into the studio, if you can leave the rest of life behind, shutting out the demands of normal life, you may find that you can better maintain your focus and do what feels exciting and right to you.

Anything that hinders your creative flow can be frustrating and slow your overall development. If art is a big part of your life, it makes sense to challenge attitudes and behaviors as they relate to what you do in the studio.

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