I am a horrible procrastinator when it comes to art projects. It's not so much that I don't love art or that I'm fresh out of ideas, but that I am always second-guessing my own ideas. It's easy to have an image in your head, but it's not so easy taking that idea and technically relaying it onto a piece of paper, block of clay, etc. Procrastination among art students is completely common. Art classes are hard, and they're meant to condition your skills and expand your imagination. Here are six tips I've compiled from various art journals on how to stay motivated when your confidence going into a project perhaps isn't at its best. 1. Stay At Your Workstation: This is the single most effective thing you can do to improve your productivity. Get in there. Even if you are just making phone calls, sorting out your brushes or organizing your supplies. Simply spending time in your studio will get you into the habit of creating. Daily time spent in your studio will improve your productivity. 2. Dress the Part: Put on your favorite work clothes for motivation. Sometimes throwing on a paint-encrusted smock will get your creative juices flowing the moment you slip it on. Discover your power outfit - what reminds YOU that you're an artist - and wear it when you need some extra motivation. 3. Make Yourself Accountable: Tell someone what you are working towards and share your progress with them. Enlist their help to keep you on track. Knowing that someone is waiting to see what you've been able to create can help maintain your momentum. 4. Lower Your Expectations: Not everything you create will be a masterpiece so allow yourself some time to make the experimental work and rough pieces that will inform your next masterpiece. It's not always about handing in the best composition. Sometimes you just need to get the assignment done! 5. Trade Critiques: Swap critiques with another student taking the class. Share your work and use the feedback you receive to propel your work forward. Make changes and submit the new work for additional feedback – The exchange of ideas will help you stay focused and energized. 6. Give Yourself Permission: This is the most important tip of all. Don’t let other work or a looming deadline trap you into paralysis. The dishes, the laundry, and the shopping can wait. Schedule time for your art and give yourself permission to focus on it.