Focusing and Editing

So over the years I’ve develop different tricks to keep focus while I edit. Here is a list I came up with. I love list. Even if you aren’t an editor, this list might help you stay focus in general.

Ways to keep the flow going:

1. Block out the outside world with headphones

2. Play music you enjoy and inspires you. I prefer artist like: Hammock

3. Have a hot cup of tea next to you, the kick of coffee doesn’t last long but it works too.

4. Food within arm reach: fruit, nuts, chips, -chocolate is a great reward.

5. Phone on silent.

6. Fiji water (you’re worth it)

7. If you aren’t editing dialog, listen to Podcast. They can help keep the working rhythm. Especially in After Effects. Check out, “This American Life.

8. Limit how many times you check your email.

9. Keep a note book in front of you. When your thoughts begin to think of other things, write them down. Get them out of your head. This will make you feel like you are doing something about it.  Also sometimes new creative ideas will come. Writing them down will help you do them later.

Those are some of my focusing and editing tips. If you can’t focus then take a break, watch an inspiring video or go take a walk. Above all else, get the project done!

Do you have any focusing tricks?

4 Comments

  1. Great ideas…I also put on my big old Sony headphones that block out any ounce of noise. I listen to the same Plumb album over and over. It’s like a soft lullaby but it relaxes me enough to keep working. I really like the notebook idea, especially when it comes to jotting down different editing ideas as they come to mind. I’ve found that I will use one technique over and over until a new one comes to mind. Once that happens, I seem to forget every awesome technique I once used!

    1. good headphones are key! Im currently in the market for some new ones. Yeah I have a list of different things I try if something isn’t working. I hope to grow this list. I need a number 10 🙂

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