In his talk to the World Domination Summit, Behance Founder/CEO Scott Belsky encouraged us to stop reacting and start pro-acting (my word) in order to protect our ideas and make them happen.
When we react, we are inviting others to prioritize our time. We allow others to steal our attention away from our big ideas.
When we are proactive, we take charge of making our ideas happen.
I hope you're an Art Biz Blog reader because you want to take charge.
Overcome Reactionary Workflow
I won't pretend that this is going to be easy. You might have a lot of habits to break and new ones to form. But the results will be worth it.
If you're fully committed to an art career, you will be well served by removing distractions.
First, turn off all of your notifications. ALL of them. Unless you are waiting on an emergency, you do not need to be notified of messages.
ALL notifications include email, Twitter mentions, Facebook posts, and text messages. These are messages that are pushed at you.
Even the phone can be an interruption. You decide when you answer the phone. I admit that my phone message says “For faster results, send me an email.”
I'd love to be able to talk to everyone who wants to chat, but I just can't. And I really will respond more quickly (and personally) to an email.
Next, schedule processing time.
Just because you're not reacting to these interruptions doesn't mean they'll go away. You still have to respond to them, and you can do that when your schedule allows.
If you work best in the studio from 8am to noon, you should not be checking email or responding to Facebook posts during this time.
If your writing is at its most brilliant from 1 to 3 pm, you shouldn't be looking at Twitter streams or texting your kids at college during this time.
You can pull the information when you are open and available to receive it most fully – when you're ready to process.
Note that there is the difference between checking (looking and leaving for later) and processing (from start to finish).
Are You In Charge?
Be sensible. I know this is tough.
We have all developed a lot bad habits since the dawn of email and social media. But we are in charge.
YOU are in charge. Or are you?