How many times have you found yourself trying to work on a video project and after several hours, you realize that you haven’t gotten anything done? Instead, what you find is an empty bag of chips, crumbs on the couch, TV remote wrenched in your back, and no real desire to get the work done.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent a situation like this from happening. First, set a deadline for your project. I found that I work best when I have deadlines or a specific time frame to finish a project. If you don’t set some sort of time frame, you will end up dragging out a half hour task into an all evening project. Set a time frame.
Secondly, find a quiet place where you can spread out your equipment. Find a desk, table, patio porch table, or any place that you can access your computer, mouse, cords, and lights without tripping over everything, overlapping multiple items, and trying to find everything. I have found that my desk is oftentimes the best place to work. It forces me to pay attention and reach deep for creative ideas.
Third and finally, turn off all distractions. This includes the TV, radio, your cell phone, and gaming websites. Then find a quiet place and time to work. I’m a professional Videographer and when I am deep into editing a complex video project, a single distraction can cost me 8-10 minutes before I can refocus and start editing again. After a few distractions, a whole hour can go by without getting anything accomplished.
These are just a few of many ways to be able to create a more successful workplace. Try something new. Find what works best for you.