It’s strange to think that I’ve been doing this for two years now. I think it’s obvious to say that it hasn’t always been so easy. Things do not always go the way I’d like and I find myself wondering from time to time why I’m still doing this. Is it worth it? Is it ever going to be as successful as I’d imagined?
Every now and then though, I get lucky and get blessed with amazing opportunities to work with wonderful people and that keeps me going - not just because of the tangible reward, but because I realize that I have learned a lot from this little venture.
1. Time management is key
Between uni assignments, reading materials, and this little business, sometimes I find it difficult to stay on top of everything. How do I create content when I'm supposed to be writing a 2500 word essay? It's difficult, but it's doable. I find that I get distracted so easily. I don't pay attention to how much time I waste on YouTube, Netflix, or whatever. When I cut these things out, or at least reduce the amount of time I spend on them, I find that I actually can get more stuff done. Duh.
2. Be consistent and keep creating
A big component in staying relevant is putting out content consistently. This gets difficult as not only do I feel like I don't have time sometimes, but I also get creative block pretty regularly. I think the best thing to do is when you're feeling inspired, create as much as you can. This way you can stock up for those rainy days. In one of her videos Jenn Im from Clothes Encounters brought up an interesting point (I think she got this from someone else!) - creativity is like a muscle and you need to exercise this muscle everyday and even when you're not in the mood or you're not feeling 100% you need to force yourself to do it. Train yourself to create consistently because your body is just a mechanical vessel for your mind.
3. Work smart
We all know that it's important to work hard, but it's more important to work smart. Again, I have fallen prey to this time and time again. I end up feeling burned out without actually getting much done when what I need to do is to be efficient and effective with what I do, and essentially just work smart. Quality over quantity.
4. Do not compare yourself to others
Oh boy. I do this pretty much every single day, multiple times a day. It's exhausting. All I can say is that not only does it make me hate what I do, it also feeds my insecurity. I try to focus on what I like and do what I do. I can't say I've mastered this one quite yet, but I'm aware of it and I'm doing something about it now.
5. Always be eager to learn
As with everything else, there is always something new to learn in this field. At the end of the day, this is about how to constantly better myself so I can produce something my customers enjoy. And I know that I will not be able to do that if I refuse to improve myself and be willing to learn.
6. Be open-minded
This is somewhat similar to the previous point. Sometimes I get really stubborn and without realizing I get stuck in my old, ineffective ways. Whenever I catch myself doing that I remind myself that being adaptable to changes is one of the most important things in life and one way to do that is by being open-minded!
7. Try something new
Now this is something I've been trying to do more and more. As I said before I do get my fair share of creative block and I end up creating nothing because I feel like I've tried everything and it's not working, or it simply does not feel right. Yes it's good to stay true to your style or business model, but it's equally important to remember that change can be good!
I'm way too familiar with that feeling of being stuck or uninspired so writing this has given me some comfort I guess. I hope you gain something from this post! And if you don't, I hope it was still an entertaining read ;) Until next time!