For artists, staying organized is an important ingredient in the recipe for professional success. But it’s inherently difficult to prioritize organization while dedicating energy to the creative process. Art revolves around spontaneity, and organization centers on planning and foresight.

To help artists produce the best possible work and achieve the career results that they deserve, here’s a quick guide to remaining organized.

Follow a Daily Routine

Making and following a routine is a must for organization-minded artists, who, unlike most other professionals, don’t typically report to a boss or need to begin work at a set time each day. Just because an artist doesn’t need to begin working at a particular hour doesn’t mean that doing so is a bad idea, however.

On the contrary, starting work as part of a broader daily routine can help artists to stay organized and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Without a set-in-stone schedule, it can be difficult to produce a steady stream of artwork, and efforts to compensate for the lack of production can compromise one’s personal time.

Maintain a Workspace

Artists require high-quality workspaces to produce stellar work in the same way that chefs require clean, well-equipped kitchens to cook delicious dishes. Nevertheless, numerous art professionals neglect their workspaces or fail to establish a dedicated work area at all.

To maximize productivity and organization, artists should settle upon a comfortable workspace, including their tools and equipment. Said tools and equipment must be easy to access, and daily workplace cleanings are recommended. Creators should also make clear to their family and friends that the workspace is just that – meaning that distractions need to be kept to a minimum while one is crafting art.

Use Lists

Lists are a key component of staying organized as an artist because creating involves so very many moving parts. From ordering new supplies to staying on top of client deadlines and much in between, art professionals stand to benefit – in terms of organization and, in turn, their careers – from utilizing conspicuously placed lists whenever possible.

Consider separating lists based upon their content, keeping supply-related reminders separate from technical notes about particular pieces, for instance.