We had the good fortune of connecting with Aisha Momoh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aisha, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
There are many habits that I pick up and drop, but I do have a few main ones that I follow daily. Over the years these have developed into more efficient methods which I find have helped me succeed.
My number one habit has got to be to-do lists. Ranging from a random card of paper to my agenda, calendar and whiteboard, to-do lists are my main method of keeping the mind clear.
There are three areas where I keep these lists organized. Being a full-time student, my agenda is kept for daily planning, both school and personal errands. They can be messier as things change, but it is where I generally plan long projects throughout multiple days.
I found the agendas from Day Designer to be most successful for me. The pages are formatted for the week which has a to-do list slot for each day. On the top, it has a section for three things to prioritize that week.
I keep a calendar for a wide-spread view of the month so I can see all the work I need to do. Important dates or meetings are kept here as well so I can mentally prepare myself throughout the weeks. The whiteboard is also a version of the calendar, but instead of the whole month, I write all the names of the assignments I have due (a clearer listing of the mess in my agenda).
My second habit would be keeping my space organized. Not just physically, but digitally as well. Being stuck at home, there is a lot more mess to deal with on my computer, so around each week I like to tidy up folders and clear out the trash bin (saves space as well!).
I keep up with file naming conventions to be able to find important documents. Usually for artists specifically, we’re probably fine with naming a drawing file “uwefbwbf” and calling that a day. I still do that sometimes, but with that I add “uwefbwbf_month_year” so I can keep track of all the art I do within a year. Remembering to backup these files as well on schedule can also save you in the future.
This year, I’ve found my main digital way to organize my thoughts, bookmarks, and various other personal things along with school is using Notion! It is a note taking project managing software and I don’t know how I have been living without it. All my mess is kept clean in one space I can check on my computer and phone. I build up all my personal art project ideas here (along with paper) and once you get the hang of things, it’s very easy to navigate.
My third habit is constantly reflecting over your work! Listing down your skills and planning for what you want to strive for can definitely help develop other habits and activities that help direct you to success. Reflecting with yourself and also talking to people in similar mentalities can make you more aware of opportunities to dive into or create. My way of reflecting is placing down all my work, doing research on what I need to plan towards, and always listening to feedback or critique to improve my work.
These are just a few habits I’ve kept to. There can be multiple variations of these habits specifically, or other ways people find more comfortable that still lead them to success. These methods have served me greatly and continue to do so, but improvements are made with each trial!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When it comes to working on my art, I get the most excited when I try something new. I love to be constantly saving works from other artists, investing in buying multiple art books to study from, and finding those random hidden gems of films or information online. It can be restricting to box yourself into a specific style of work, so I love to incorporate many ideas into my art. I feel most proud when I create something I feel has evolved my art to a new level.
It doesn’t feel like I’m too far into my professional pathway, but I have a lot to owe with the habits I’ve grown over the years. That, and also just being a decent person, always having a fun idea or project going, and mainly just focusing on what I wanted to do. I’m not sure how it all builds up, but once I had a feeling of where I wanted to go, things have been coming together on their own (but I still keep on the lookout for things that would help).
That’s what I’ll keep doing! Forever experimenting and just going with the flow is what’s natural to me. I would love to continue furthering my own personal projects into cool final works, but I also love working with others to develop their stories as well. Right now, my main focus is to finish up with school, and I’m very excited about what’s to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really don’t go outside that much in the first place, but if I were meeting up with a friend, we usually hang around a cafe of some sort. Fancy bakeries in the area, or just something like Tim Hortons or Starbucks. We usually walk and talk at local parks or forest pathways, sometimes we can sit together and draw. We mostly stick to our houses and make up our own fun there!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel most people have their main support group that they gravitate towards for help or a laugh when it’s needed most. My two groups would be my family and close friends. They’re always there to lend a hand (or in my mom’s case; equipment) to further my growth and career in art. Either to shelter, feed, love or just exist alongside, they are there putting their best energy to fuel me, and I am forever grateful to have them in my life.