Creating video content can be super fun and rewarding, but it can also be a real challenge when you're neuro-spicy and your jalapeno brain is feeling extra spicy.
Executive function challenges, anxiety, and stress are just some of the obstacles we face when trying to create videos.
But, don't worry, we've got your back!
This article is going to give you 7 tips that will help you create more video content, and make the whole process a whole lot more manageable.
Whether it's breaking down tasks, or getting support, these tips will help you navigate the challenges and create videos that will knock your audience's socks off!
So, let's get started!
Tip 1. Break it Down!
One of the biggest challenges of creating video content can be managing executive function challenges. We know it can be overwhelming to think about the entire process, from planning, filming, editing and publishing. But don't worry, we got you covered! One of the best ways to tackle this is by breaking down the process into smaller chunks.
Think of it like a puzzle, instead of looking at the big picture, break it down into manageable pieces.
For example, instead of filming an entire video in one day, break it up into filming different scenes on different days. Or instead of editing the entire video at once, edit one scene at a time. By breaking down the process, you'll be able to focus on one task at a time, which can make it feel less overwhelming and more manageable.
Another way to break down tasks is by using a checklist. Make a list of all the steps required to complete your video and check them off as you go. This will give you a clear idea of what needs to be done and what you have already accomplished. Plus, checking off items on a list can give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going.
Breaking down tasks into smaller chunks can be a lifesaver for managing executive function challenges when creating video content. Give it a try and see how it works for you!
Tip 2. Script It Up or Storyboard It Out
We all know that impromptu speeches or freestyling can be nerve-wracking, and the same goes for video content creation. Improvisation on camera can lead to a lot of takes, wasted time, and even more anxiety. One way to avoid this is by using a script or a storyboard.
- A script is a written version of what you want to say in your video, it can help you stay on track and cover all the important points you want to mention. It also allows you to practice and get comfortable with your delivery, which can reduce anxiety when filming.
- A storyboard is a visual representation of your video, it’s like a comic strip version of your script. It helps you plan out camera angles, shots, and transitions. It's like having a map of your video, it will help you stay organized and on track.
Creating a script or storyboard doesn't have to be complicated, it can be as simple as jotting down a few bullet points of what you want to say or sketching out a few panels. The key is to have a plan in place before filming, it will save you time and nerves in the long run.
Using a script or storyboard can help minimize improvisation on camera, reducing anxiety and making the filming process more efficient. Give it a try and see how it works for you.
Tip 3. Block That Noise with Headphones
Noise can be a real distraction when filming, it can be anything from traffic to the neighbors mowing the lawn. Noise can also be overwhelming for some of us, and that's where noise-cancelling headphones come in.
Noise-cancelling headphones use advanced technology to block out unwanted sounds, they create a peaceful and quiet environment. This can be especially helpful if you're filming in a noisy location or if you're sensitive to noise.
But not all noise-cancelling headphones are created equal, some are better than others. Here are some recommendations for specific headphones to use:
- Bose QuietComfort 45: These headphones are pricey, but they are a classic. They've been around for a while and are known for their excellent noise-cancellation capabilities. They're comfortable, durable and have great sound quality.
- Sony WHCH710N: These headphones are a good mid-priced option that automatically sense your environment and adjust accordingly.
- Soundcore Anker Life Q20: These headphones are a more affordable option that has deep bass, memory foam ear cups, and are great a blocking noise from your environment.
Noise-cancelling headphones can reduce sensory overload during filming, they can help you focus on your work and create a peaceful and quiet environment. Give them a try and see how they work for you!
Tip 4. Take a Break, You Deserve It!
When you're on a roll, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and forget about taking a break. But for those of us with ADHD or ADD, taking regular breaks is essential to keep our focus and energy levels up. Breaks can help clear our minds, re-energize and refocus, which is especially important when creating video content.
But it's not just about taking a break, it's also about scheduling them effectively. Here are some tips for how to schedule breaks effectively during filming:
- Set a timer: Use a timer or an app to remind you to take a break every hour or so. This way, you won't have to constantly check the clock, and you'll be more likely to stick to your schedule.
- Change your scenery: If possible, take your break in a different location than where you're filming. This can help clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective when you return to filming.
- Get moving: Physical activity can help re-energize and refocus, try taking a short walk or doing some stretching during your break.
- Take care of yourself: Use this time to drink some water, grab a snack, or do something that makes you feel good.
Taking regular breaks can help manage symptoms of ADHD or ADD, it's essential to keep our focus and energy levels up. Schedule breaks effectively during filming, set a timer, change your scenery, get moving and use your break to take care of yourself.
Tip 5. Make Yourself Comfortable
When it comes to creating video content, the environment you're in can have a big impact on your stress and anxiety levels. A safe and comfortable filming environment can go a long way in reducing stress and anxiety. It can make you feel more relaxed and at ease, which can help you perform better on camera.
Here are some tips for how to create a safe and comfortable filming environment:
- Control your lighting: Make sure the room is well-lit, but not too bright. You can use lamps or soft-boxes to get the right lighting.
- Adjust the temperature: Make sure the room is at a comfortable temperature, not too hot or too cold.
- Get rid of distractions: Make sure the room is free of distractions, like a TV or a phone.
- Personalize your space: Add some personal touches to the space, like plants or photos, something that makes you feel comfortable.
- Make it comfortable: Add comfortable seating or pillows to the space, this will help you relax and feel more at ease.
Creating a safe and comfortable filming environment can go a long way in reducing stress and anxiety. Make sure the room is well-lit, at a comfortable temperature, free of distractions, personalize the space and make it comfortable.
Tip 6. Use Visual Cues or Prompts
When it comes to creating video content, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the information and tasks that need to be done. This is where visual cues and prompts can come in handy. They can help with memory and organization during filming, making the process smoother and less stressful.
Visual cues are things you can see, like pictures or words, that remind you of what you need to do or say. They can be in the form of a note, a poster, or even a simple sticky note.
Visual prompts, on the other hand, are things you can use to guide you through a task or a process, like a flowchart or a diagram.
Here are some examples of visual cues and prompts that can be used during filming:
- Script or storyboard: Use a script or a storyboard as a visual cue to remind you of what you need to say and do.
- Checklist: Use a checklist as a visual prompt to guide you through the filming process, check items off as you complete them.
- Flashcards: Use flashcards with key points or words on them as a visual cue to help you remember what you need to say.
- Mind map: Use a mind map to organize and visualize the different elements of your video, like characters, locations, and scenes.
Visual cues and prompts can be a great tool to help with memory and organization during filming, they can make the process smoother and less stressful. Use a script or storyboard, a checklist, flashcards, or a mind map as a visual cue or prompt during filming.
7. Don't Do It Alone
Being a neuro-spicy entrepreneur can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be done alone. Having support from mentors and peers that are neuro-spicy too can make a world of difference. They can understand your struggles and offer valuable insights, advice and encouragement.
Having support can come in many forms, it can be a mentor, a peer, or a group of neuro-spicy entrepreneurs. Here are some examples of ways they can support you:
- Share their experience: They can share their experience and tips on how they have navigated similar challenges.
- Provide feedback: They can provide feedback on your videos and offer suggestions for improvements.
- Encourage you: They can offer words of encouragement and remind you of your strengths.
- Connect you to resources: They can connect you to resources, such as webinars, books, or online groups, that can help with your specific struggles.
- Collaborate: They can collaborate with you on a project, creating videos together can be fun and can help relieve stress.
Having support from mentors and peers that are neuro-spicy too can make a world of difference. They can share their experience, provide feedback, encourage you, connect you to resources and collaborate with you. Surround yourself with people that understand you, it will make the journey a lot more enjoyable.
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