Carve out our own islands of serenity.
— Dallin Oaks
The mission statement of this blog is “Workflow, electronic flow, ink flow for the creative professional.” Our technical director, Forrest Anderson, and I have worked as media professionals since we were 18 years old and have decades of experience working for some of the world’s leading media companies as well as smaller clients. This blog is a venue for us to share what we have learned along the way and what we are still learning every day that could help other creative professionals.
This blog concentrates on workflow because professional creative work is an on-going journey, not a destination. It involves the continual progression of ideas from raw thoughts through the process of research, design, building and then publishing or releasing a product in some form, followed by iterations, upgrades and spinoff ideas that go through the same process of creation again. Creative professionals are never really done with a project, as it always spawns offspring that send them through the creative process again.
As a result of living our lives on this moving escalator, us creative professionals are prone to constant vertigo. We have a well-deserved reputation for having messy desks, studios and computers filled with the detritus of the various projects we have done or are currently working on.
Over the course of our careers, however, we have known and been mentored by many creative professionals that were the best in their fields. They have taught us that the very best don’t live like this. Instead, they craft their lives and environment as meticulously as their creative projects.
Those who are in it for the long haul keep their lives lightweight with an efficient workflow, simple work environment, balanced budgets that are the result of wise business choices and lives simplified around their life mission of pursuing their craft. They are not “have it all” types. Instead, they organize their lives around furthering their craft but also enjoying the companionship of friends, family, beautiful environments and serving the less fortunate.
They carve out personal islands of serenity amid the volatile ups and downs of professional media work.
Those personal islands include:
These three practices are key “islands of serenity” for us. No matter how busy we are, we carve them out of our schedule.
PHOTOS BY FORREST ANDERSON