One of the skills every artist strives to master — and one that takes some practice — is the art of productivity. While the term "productivity" can mean different things to different people, we can all agree that it's important. Being an artist is a rewarding and sometimes challenging job that takes willpower, inspiration and a bit of planning.
Top Six Polymer Clay Productivity Tips
To be productive in your polymer clay studio, you first need to get in it. This may sound silly, but sometimes we put off our creative work because we may not feel inspired or we don't have a clear "idea" for what we want to work on. Using a timer can help you overcome perfectionist tendencies. Take care of your necessary routines, and when the timer goes off, it's off to the studio you go!
Once you get into your studio, here's our top six tips for staying productive:
1. Know Where Your Supplies Are
Organizing your tools and supplies will dramatically increase your productivity levels in your studio. Try labeling your boxes, closets or polymer clay bins and arranging them in a way that's easy to remember.
2. Have a Plan
Writing out a plan the day before is a great way to hold yourself accountable for what you want to accomplish. Even if you don't have a clear idea of what you're going to create, having a rough idea of how to start will help your overall productivity.
3. Just Start Working
If you're just starting out in your clay studio, you may get hung up on the idea that every project has to be "perfect." The good news is that this is far from the truth. Don't let your fear of messing up stop you from trying. We all mess up from time to time. It's through mistakes that true inspiration comes! So, don't expect to master a new technique on the first try and don't be afraid to make errors.
4. Commit to Your Creativity
As a crafter, you have to make your creative time a priority. This means blocking time out every day — even if it's only a small chunk — to work on your creations. This may also involve setting boundaries with loved ones or with other obligations. You can still make time for family and friends outside of your creative time.
5. Take Frequent Mini-Breaks
Every two hours, try standing up and stretching. Take a 10-minute break to go on a brisk walk, get a glass of water or listen to some music. Frequent small breaks can actually increase your overall motivation and effectiveness.
6. Turn off All Electronic Devices
Research shows that it can take approximately 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get yourself back on track after being interrupted. Turn off the television, computer or any other device that may take you out of your workflow.
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As a professional or beginner clayer, having a plan of action is a must to stay productive in your polymer clay studio. Get inspired with vibrant color palettes, accessories and tools designed specifically for all your polymer clay creations. Order your clay online today!