5 productivity tips

5 Productivity Tips for a VFX artist

5 Productivity Tips for a VFX artist

We could all stand to be a little more productive in our day-to-day lives. With the rise of social media, YouTube, and a plethora of instant entertainment options available, getting things done can be difficult. 

And if you work in the VFX or movie business, you know how time-consuming and daunting it is to finish a sequence in a timely manner. 

To help you stay on track, here are 5 productivity tips to make your work time more efficient.

1. Do Your Least Favorite Thing First

For many of us who are natural procrastinators, “worst thing, first thing” is a terrible moto to even consider. However, you will do yourself a world of favors by facing your least favorite task first and getting it out of the way to speed you closer toward the things you like doing.

If roto-scoping is something you just absolutely hate, then perfect! Give that a tackle first, and everything else will be downhill and enjoyable.

2. Take Mental Breaks

Staring at a computer screen for hours on end is both unhealthy and unproductive. Take the time to stand up, walk around, take a jog, or read a book. It is important, no matter what area of the industry you are in, to take breaks that allow your mind to rest. 

You will receive a renewed vision and sense of creativity by pulling away from your art and revisiting it with a clear head.

3. Set Project Deadlines

In the world of art, there is no such thing as a finished product. You can just keep adding to your project until you get absolutely sick of it, or go crazy from staring at the same thing over and over.

Setting deadlines for yourself will help you stay focused on a single project or concept and help you to call it quits when your deadline approaches.

If you work in a studio this may seem like a skippable step because you already have deadlines in place for you, but consider setting personal deadlines a bit sooner than required.

This will give you time to make final adjustments and modifications before sending it off to be critiqued.

4. Learn to Settle

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. I don’t mean present a work of garbage to your peers and tell yourself that you did your best and that’s all that matters, regardless of what they say.

That is not a good way to get or keep a job. But learning to settle in a realistic way means that after you have put in the long hours and hard work for something great, learn to settle somewhere on a final result.

Keep in mind, you will never be fully satisfied with your work. You will always be aware of every flaw. But at some point, you have to cut yourself some slack and move forward to the next task.

5. Get Sleep

All-nighters are unavoidable at times, but in most cases they aren’t as productive as they seem. Hitting the hay and letting your eyes take a fresh look at your work in the morning allows you to discover new things about your project that you either love or hate.

If you get a solid night of sleep and re-set your mental judgment, your project will be better for it.

Creating an artistic work of any kind is challenging and requires time, dedication, and attention to detail. Often times, the art we create is only as good as the amount of dedicated work we put into its production.

So maximize your productivity and let’s get things done!

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