Mindfulness in a content creation world

In the fast-paced world of video editing, where tight deadlines and countless revisions are the norm, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose touch with the present moment. What helps me tie my overall well-being, productivity, and creativity together is mindfulness. Mindfulness does not play the same role for each person but here is a little insight into how mindfulness is incorporated into my day-to-day life.

Editing with mindfulness

MINDFULNESS EnhancES MY Creativity

Video editing is an art form that I believe requires a delicate balance of technical expertise and creative flair. Mindfulness provides me with a fresh perspective, stimulates my creative thinking, and allows me to explore innovative editing techniques. Nature serves as a wellspring of inspiration for me as a video editor. Most weekends I venture out to national parks – on hikes and on sunrise/sunset missions. My favourite hike to do on the weekend is the Coast Track in the Royal National Park.

The colours, textures, and patterns I encounter in nature often find their way into my creative projects. The vibrant hues of a sunset or the rhythmic movement of waves inspire me to think outside the box and infuse my edits with a fresh perspective. Problem-solving is critical on trails – from foresight to on-the-spot thinking.

Mindfulness in nature

Mindfulness enhances my well being

The nature of video editing can be stressful, especially when no day is the same and I could be jumping between different video topics and styles. As such I try to stay at the top of my game for switching between and approaching these tasks with the aim of providing the best results for the videos I work on.

I practice mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation or simply taking short breaks to clear my mind. What I like to do mostly is to go on a walk. I am fortunate to be working in North Sydney which provides lots of options that I could change the different levels of walks I can do. I categorise it based on how much time I want to be out for – 5 minutes, 20 minutes and 40 minutes. My favourite walking loop to do is walk down to Luna Park and come back up through Wendy’s Secret Garden – great views and enough uphill to get the heart rate up which helps to disassociate from work.

Mindfulness walk during lunch break

It may be hard at times to pull myself away from the desk in order to meet deadlines, but I do find that I work more efficiently if I even just walk around the block of my office to get some fresh air (I am also writing this blog in Bradfield Park in Milsons Point).  By incorporating mindfulness into my daily routine I create a healthier work-life balance, improving both my personal and professional life.

I find it important to also utilise different methods such as meditation and reading topics unrelated to video editing. Here are some resources which could be useful:

  • Mobile apps like Headspace or Calm – these provide guided meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness tools that I sometimes enjoy using when on the train to work
  • linkedin.com/learning – LinkedIn Learning provides a vast library of online courses on various topics, including mindfulness in the workplace. There are some courses based around professionals that cover areas like stress reduction, focus and creativity. Generally good for days when it is raining outside (side note – I sit and read these somewhere other than at my desk)
  • www.mindful.org – Mindful.org is a comprehensive resource for mindfulness-related content. It isn’t specific to video editing but is an alternative to seek new ways to help reduce stress and focus when I want to seek new material

Improved communication and collaboration

Communication is important as a video editor – clear and effective communication improves my workflow and helps my collaboration with my colleagues and clients. Mindfulness has helped me develop active listening skills, empathy, and a greater ability to understand and respond to others’ needs. By fostering a mindful approach in my interactions, I can build stronger professional relationships, ensure smoother collaborations, and deliver edits that align with my clients’ visions.

Cultivating A Work-Life Balance

One of the significant challenges for video editors is maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This is my most effective point on bringing mindfulness to the workplace. Nature has become my sanctuary, a place where I can escape the digital realm and immerse myself in the soothing embrace of the natural world. It’s my way of finding balance and replenishing my energy.

Mindfulness on the Lake Marian track

In the dynamic world of video editing, incorporating mindfulness practices into my daily life has been a game-changer. I bring the mindfulness I cultivate in nature back to my editing suite. Before diving into a project, I take a moment to centre myself, focus on my breath, and clear my mind. This intentional pause helps me approach my work with heightened focus and creativity. I strive to bring the same sense of presence and appreciation I experience in nature to my editing process. So, I encourage you to take a deep breath, embrace mindfulness, and let it revolutionise your creative process, one mindful moment at a time.

Daniel Beleski is a video editor, animator and cinematographer at Rocket Productions. Got a question? Ask us here.

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