There is a wealth of research that indicates that certain habits can help increase your productivity, creativity, and/or drive. So, we thought we’d reach out to respected members of our community and ask them what habits they feel helped them succeed.

Lisa Solberg | Artist

I think habits are everything, because they are what fill our lives with actions, emotions, and experiences from moment to moment. As an artist who also grew up as an athlete, I feel fortunate to have many habits which are not ordinary in my field. Some of these have worked against me (to name one: trying too hard), but a lot have enabled me to stick around in a tough industry. I naturally want to be and feel healthy all the time, so my habits there are to be outside, eat well, exercise – all these things affect my work in a major way. It’s not like the romantic vision of the starving artist- living off scraps and drinking and smoking all day. When I was younger I used to think that was cool and ride that “image” based way of artist life, but the true me always came out and made me run 10 miles in the morning if I happened to be hungover or something. My habit of being healthy has allowed me to have perseverance and a positive mindset amongst all odds. I believe a lot of the art world success, if you’re interested in the long game, is to take care of your self, thereby naturally finding a way to continue making work. Eventually people notice. Read more>>

Daniel Muñoz | 2D Animator & Motion Director

When it comes to my career, I have three core habits: 1. Pursuing happiness through questions, 2. Being a student of life, and 3. Falling in love with personal growth over work. I put a great amount of attention towards what it means for me to be happy with what I do. Pursuing my happiness through questions is one core habit that keeps me succeeding in what I do. I’m constantly asking myself if what I’m doing is headed in a direction that can continuously accomplish and grow my happiness. When making decisions with my career whether it be work or life related, I’ll tend to ask myself questions to guide me in the right direction. These are some questions I usually ask myself: “Am I going to enjoy this project or working at this company? Will this decision lead me to a foreseeable direction towards my goal or interest? Do I NEED the money? Would this decision delay or direct me away from my goal or interest?” Asking myself these kinds of questions help me choose a path that is only focused on my interest and what I believe will make me happy in the long run. Read more>>

Annie Caldwell | Balloon Storyteller and Health Coach

Working with a coach and being teachable. I have a note on my desk: “I don’t need to be right. I need to be growing.” The best coach I ever worked with helped me define my OWN goals and then helped me determine what actions to take to make them happen. There was a built-in accountability team of others who were being coached at the same time and we all encouraged each other. Also, being in the arts can make us loosey-goosey about schedules and taking care of ourselves physically. Part of this coaching program included making time to take care of our main instrument – our bodies – to be sure they were always ready for whatever we asked of them. So things like having a more regular sleep, exercise, and eating schedule, along with better nutrition, really make a difference. Building in daily habits is still a challenge but it’s one of the most important things I’ve done in the past couple of years. Read more>>