Break Out of Your Creative Rut

By Chris Corradino on May 12th, 2015

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Break Out of Your Creative Rut

Contrary to popular belief, there is enough time in the day. How we choose to spend it however, is ultimately the deciding factor on how effective we are.

Procrastination is a nasty trap which derails our creative energy and runs us off-track. As an artist, this can grind projects to a prison like halt. The longer it's left unchecked, the unfinished project becomes more overwhelming. If the task before you is really large, the hardest part is often figuring out where to start. When this happens, I like to use a process known as "micro-movements".

The concept works by chopping the looming task into much smaller and therefore more manageable steps. For example, if you want to create a coffee table book with 100 of your favorite photographs, the first step may be to simply create a desktop folder for all the photos.

The next day, you can flag three photos that you'd like to add. The third day, you actually add the three photos to the folder. If you do this each day for a month or so, you'll have the contents of your book ready! Micro-movements help to get the ball rolling, building momentum with each small step towards completion.

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About the Author

Chris Corradino is the head of the photography mentor program at NYIP. Just like all of our mentors, he is also a professional photographer. See Chris's photography lesson from last week for more.