Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Focus

The word focus has a specific meaning when speaking of photography. Wouldn't it be great to point your attention to an event or project and have your mind's automatic focus feature zoom in on it and stay there until you release it.

Too often, however, we focus to sharp in the initial minute or two of a session working on a project, then our minds betray us. A stray thought creeps in and before we know it, we are thinking of something else entirely while drawing or painting or writing. Consequently, quality suffers.

Here are some suggestions on how to increase focus:

1. Assess your creative environment. You know what your working environment needs in order for you to focus. If you  can't work in a messy environment, clean up before you start to work. If you can't focus with the TV on, turn it off. If you work best with soft music, tune in. If you like to rock out while working, then rock out. An environment that helps you zoom in is entirely individual, so assess your needs and make your environment meet those needs.

2. Start your work session with a few minutes of quiet. Sit quietly at your desk or easel and let your mind settle on the task at hand. Once you start working, gently redirect your focus each time it strays. Don't be harsh with yourself. Rather, keep the creativity flowing by nudging your attention to your self-assigned task.

3. Believe you can achieve greatness with every project. Believe you are capable of producing your best work.  Be your own best cheerleader and your work will reflect that positive energy.

1 comment:

Cindy Michaud said...

Amen and amen, sister! BTW, would you call me once a day and remind me of this?? Good advise.