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How do you stay so productive?
At the risk of sounding harsh: If you want a creative life to be your career, you have to treat it like one. There’s no room for half-assing your work week when you need to pay the bills. I show up to work in the studio almost every day. If not, I’m here on IG sharing products, giving advice, answering and composing messages, and so on. I answer emails, take photos, do admin work, etc from home when I can’t or don’t feel motivated to work at the studio.
Yesterday for example, I went in to the studio, didn’t feel very into making, but I threw my obligatory 25lbs of clay any way. It’s a job, so sometimes it’s not always fun, but necessary. I went through all the daily tasks that needed done before deciding it really wasn’t going to be a productive day to keep myself in the shop. Once I finished I could have done a number of unproductive things—like go home, put on sweats, and watch a show like I really wanted to, but instead I purchased a sketchbook, went to our local brewery, got a bowl of soup and a beer, and started to write and draw out dimensions for my most popular repeat products at H+F. I also paid bills and got my business world in order. Sometimes I’ve found rewarding myself while I get work done makes me more likely to continue.
So honestly, it’s not really about “staying” productive, and more so about realizing that work is work no matter how much you may enjoy it most days. I quit my job to do this full time, so full time is exactly what it is.
And just because you love your job or find the process enjoyable doesn’t mean it isn’t hard work, right?
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