What if you walked in your studio, lit a candle, pushed your iPod’s play button, slipped on your apron, picked up a paintbrush, and got straight to work all within THREE minutes?
Sound good? This is my new routine! And I’m super excited to share my secret with you. This pertains to you even if you aren’t an artist. Just make the scenario suit your work environment and you’ll reap the same benefits. (Feel free to continue reading in an infomercial voice.)
If you’re a night owl like me, you especially will want to do this. It’s a must and will change your life forever! It’s merely accomplishing more the night before to make things as easy as possible for you to get working the following day. It’s NOT hard and I promise you won’t believe how good you feel when you get to work.
I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that as I work on my art, I make a HUGE mess. I just can’t be bothered to put something away while I’m working. Hello? Creative process? It works for me. But if I think for a moment that I’ll be able to pick up right where I left off the following day, I’m poorly mistaken. I will not remember that my gloss gel is in that other spot, or that one of my favorite brushes will be okay sitting in water overnight. If I don’t “close shop” properly the night before, my following day, and my paintbrush, have just become second rate.
On the other hand, if I bookend my day with my checklist and close up shop properly, my next day is freakin’ awesome. Here are the rewards you can look forward to enjoying when you end your day properly:
- Find your groove faster and get working sooner
- Inspiration comes easier and more naturally
- More productive… meaning you get more done in less time!
- Quality of work is better
- Feel more accomplished
How could you say no?? So here it is, my gift of starting a day UNinhibited… 10 things to close up shop! Check each of these babies off when you’re done for the day and you’ll give yourself a high five (a clap?) the following morning:
- Water jars, paint brushes, sponges, palette knives, rollers, and all other tools are all washed and put away
- All paint and medium containers are sealed or have caps snapped/screwed on properly
- All misc. supplies such as rulers, tape, levelers, etc. are put away
- All art pieces or canvases are in a safe spot
- Studio is straightened and tidied, including supply tables
- Sweep & mop or vacuum if needed
- Following day’s checklist is made (important!)
- Set up for following day’s project: water jars filled, tools/paints laid out, etc. (important!)
- Chargeable devices are plugged in, lighting is turned off or unplugged, candles blown out
- Trash is emptied & recycling taken out
WARNING: Don’t underestimate this checklist! It seems simple, which it is, but it’s your golden ticket to a spectacular tomorrow!
Of course you should make the checklist your own and make sense for your work and space. Be very specific! And be demanding. You are your own boss, sometimes you have to be bossy.