dims_art (dmitriy_sivak) wrote,

How to get the trick of creating architecture (design)?

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Over the last year there were many people who asked me for tips and advice and even wanted me to teach them how to create and design. Of course it was very flattering. Besides, since I like to share information and as I was previously thinking about teaching at the university, I decided to write a little post about the features of learning both for those who have just entered the university and comprehensive architecture students. Special tips&tricks for an undergraduate architecture student. Personally, I graduated from the Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Summer 2010.

First sketches of the first term.

Having just entered the university and having started to sketch for the first time, the student faces the problem that it is not so easy to come up with something cool. The initial creative process for many undergraduates is a very gentle, kind of subtle and delicate activity, which is very easy to break, by frightening the student off and bringing him to mental depression. Some students don’t find difficulty in designing straight away and do it without any problems. They generate ideas quickly and easily during the first lessons (personally, I wasn't that kind of student). Others need to go through a series of “sacred rituals” before sketching, or even the entire process of sketching has to be performed in the necessary “sacred” conditions.

For some students it is a favorite pen or pencil, with a help of which sketching is easier, someone needs to sketch at home in a peaceful atmosphere rather than in a lecture hall with other students, for others it is vital either to stroll in the park for a couple of days in order to find "inspiration" or to search for similar solutions on the Internet.

These students are trying to find their own special “cuisine” and their own approach to creativity.

But, this is complete bull sheet.

It is necessary to unlearn from all of these “rituals” as quickly as possible. All of these additional difficulties usually appear when it is hard to create something new, and when it is even harder to admit it to yourself.

No inspiration.

It is much easier to create and design, if you know, or at least believe in that you can do it at any time.

You should be able to create any time and under any circumstances.

Creating is simple and fun!!!!!11))))))))))). This is difficult to learn for those who are infected with the myth of "inspiration". Forget about it. You were cheated on in your entire past. Inspiration does not exist.

It is very difficult to come to the construction project or at the office and to start designing at once, if you think that in order to start the windows of heaven have to open, and from there a muse in the form of Zaha Hadid has to descend on you and present you with a golden instrument - a pencil.

Forget about those erotic fantasies.

You can create anytime and anywhere. Do not wait for inspiration or some special state of consciousness (!) or just mood. Maybe this slightly doesn’t correspond to your idea of a sophisticated and lofty creative process, but the less you associate yourself with the subtle imaginative nature, the easier you come up with new ideas.

Take the process of creating simple and easy.

Create without using brains.

No matter how strange it could sound, it is not necessary to be very clever and intelligent in order to create something interesting. So, if you have a hang-up about you didn’t receive a gold medal at school and didn’t meet the expectations of your parents, you can take it easy. You can buy a gold chocolate medal, at last!

Well, sometimes you might get a much more picturesque sketch, if you do it with half the brains turned off. Let's say, one should draw more unwittingly and subconsciously, without thinking too much. No! I don’t mean that you should do everything thoughtlessly or “lit up”. I mean, that you can’t create a cool project with a calculator in hand. I know some intelligent people, who are not good at designing despite being deep browed. Quite the opposite, I would say that they are awful designers. Moreover, due to the reason that they are trying to find some rules and laws to follow and to do nicely using only their brains, rather than intuition. It’s difficult for them to surrender to free and easy, and at the same time sometimes illogical and irrational search for form and design.

Of course you shouldn’t go to extremes. If you don’t know the rules of design and other techniques, you won’t go far using only your intuition. You must be competent and then your subconscious mind will produce mature and strong designs for you. Otherwise, you will get either “mathematics”, or amateurism.

So, next time try to think more freely and naturally. The stressed state of mind is yet inescapable.

The general idea of how to create.

One good teacher from the first lectures made us not only think something up but also create, so that it was original, new and interesting. It is strange, but it's not clear to everyone and isn’t considered to be an obvious truth among many people. And as a result one can often see a student hugging affectionately his piss poor and trivial architectural model, without any wish to realize that this design idea comes into mind of every other student.

So, in the end, you can get an “A” just for a strong design and stop at what has been accomplished. But from lecture to lecture the teacher insisted on finding only original and new designs and ideas. It is always necessary to search for something new, original, and unusual in any task, even if it is very small and uninteresting at first glance. The first idea is not always the best one using this approach. Most often, the first idea turns out to be trivial. Personally, I usually speak aloud only the second or the third idea, which appears in my head. If I speak aloud the first one, I will definitely find it already accomplished for hundreds of times in Google.

How to design superbly well.

In our first design task we had to make an intersection of two volume figures. I got two pyramids. During the first five minutes I've already made a few options that could get an “A”, but I had to admit that they were quite ordinary. The design was balanced and strong, but such works don’t usually catch the eye, because they don’t differ from others. They are trivial. It's a bit shameful to admit, but I’ve spent the whole day searching for proper designs and assembling a couple of small architectural models. Having found the idea, I still went on searching. Having found the second idea, I began to look for an even better one. And only when the hundredth idea turned out to be really cool and very unique, I set my mind at rest and made the architectural model basing on the sketch.

That is one of the traits to describe the difference between a good architecture student and a bad one. You may not even have the talent. You need only to be willing. I still don’t consider myself to be more talented than others, no matter how flattering are the messages I sometimes get. I'm just searching deeper and don’t stop there, where many others would stop, considering the idea to be quite original. If I wrote a book, I would probably devote a few chapters to this idea, as this is a very important rule.

You can’t make an excuse to yourself and stop at a mediocre solution, if you know that you can do better.

If there is constantly something to worry about in your project, you should go on searching for a better solution for it. To look for the solution to make Calatrava smile. There is no layout or facade, which it would be impossible to solve in a unique way. It is much easier, of course, to reel back or stop at a mediocre solution, rather than to seek and to suffer. You can always lay the blame on something and acquit your being reluctant to suffer and to come up with a better solution, even when it really seems that you can’t make it better. But the task that you’ve left without good solution can be given to another person who will solve it better. And then you will be ashamed and put to the blush.

Of course here you will need another important trait apart from patience. This trait is being critical to what you do. As a matter of fact, if you love everything you do, you should stop at the second idea, because it will be really rewarding for you. The love of your works is similar to that love of non-adult girls, it is an offense, for which you will suffer punishment.

You have to treat your works critically. There are many ways here. Personally, I think that the best way is to put your render next to the ones of experts and to realize that you suck. But in order to enhance the effect, you should try to forget that this work is yours and try to look at it as if it is someone else's one. If you succeed, you will immediately see the majority of errors and the overall level of your work. To look at your work as at someone else's one is very difficult, but if you cope with it, you will sling mud at it as you usually sling mud at the works of your peers.

What is more, don’t be afraid to ask your friends to criticize your works. Those envious monsters will be happy to bare all the defects and mistakes and you will be able to do your work even better.

Very often it may seem that a great idea was very close, but was prevented from being born by the conditions. First it could be not enough space on the general plan in order to locate a spaceport successfully, as well as the customer may be a pinch-belly, though the interior would begin to shine and please the eye, if the carpet was shielded from the hair of the Mongolian virgins.

No. That's wrong. Don’t blame someone for your failures. Provided that you hadn’t forgotten what you were reading about at the very beginning, you have to remember – the lack of a good solution can be explained only by the lack of willingness. You can always make your work a superb one. Always. Even if the budget is law, even if there is not enough space or anything else. Even if the customer isn’t tuned in, but you are with your nose in the air, because you have a Diploma with distinction. The easiest way is to blame it on anything or anyone rather than on you. This is one of the reasons for the architecture level being law in the streets of our city. Yes, often the developer has constructed much cheaper and lower quality than it should be according to the project, but lazy architects are often to blame as well.

In fact, the narrower the spectrum is, the more brilliant a solution can be. Conversely, the wider the field of action is, the more moderate and ordinary a solution will be.

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The problem is simplified for you, when the range is being cut down and it is harder to get lost in the numerous choices. As for me, for example, it is more difficult to create something when I’m given total freedom. As a result, much time is spent only to stop considering possible options.

It stands to reason that it is possible to write much more on this subject as the accusations against customers are heard very often. Well, yes, if the project had been constructed at a low rate, of course you didn’t have to sell your own apartment to refill the money into the construction in order the project to be constructed as it had been previously planned. But please don’t blame the tasteless customer, if your renders were also far from ideal. So, you see, no one prevented you from making a really good project.


It is rather simple to differ the students’ projects from ones of already experienced and practicing architects on grounds of detailing. If an experienced architect pays more attention to the details, ins and outs, the student usually puts an emphasis on the overall shape. Apart from the style chosen, minimalism or classical, one will be able to see here only the general idea, which has been roughly worked out. At the same time, good interior designers, for instance, work everything out, even up to the window bars. Of course, this is not the rule.

Nevertheless, the project, which has been thoroughly worked out up to the smallest detail, is usually shown to the best advantage, besides, it is more realistic and pleasant, even if it is submitted on paper. Especially this refers to the interiors.

In contrast to the facade, where all the beauty we perceive only by the sight, in the interior, we can still feel and touch and even sit on it. Therefore, the details here are of even greater importance and the students’ interiors are even worse than their exteriors. It is not necessary to make very complex and unusual shape in order to surprise and please everyone. You can take an ordinary cube, and work it out well and in every detail with love in order to get a very good result.

Unfortunately, in most cases, attention to detail comes only with time no matter how good your teachers are, and no matter how often they tell you about it.

Keep the details and little things in mind all the time, it's really very important.

How to study at the university.

Don’t be a nerd.

More than once I noticed that some students, who did not have particularly close and good relations with the major subjects, such as design, began to sublimate, trying to succeed in minor subjects. Or simply were nerds and did not make distinction between the economy, drawing or design. As a result, they often got Diplomas with distinction, though their projects appeared to be sheet spread on the drawing board. Did you enter our university in order to be a mathematician or an architect? - You may ask them, staring at their huge, naive and wise nerd eyes. You will need most of the university subjects no more than the second Ohm's law in future. Of course, if you’re not studying in London, but in a standard post-Soviet Institution of Higher Education.

I need hardly mention that I don’t try to convince you to neglect everything but the project. Still the main focus should be on your major subjects.

If you got a “C” in math, that is not so sad. Although, if you got a “C” for your project it's time to panic.

And please don’t believe that you just didn’t try hard and “if desired I would have got the highest score”. No one knows how much you think you are worth.

Everyone judges you only as an architect and only for your projects and works.

Notepad and sketching.

One of the ways “to keep fit” is to invent something or sketch daily. If the day has passed, but you didn’t create or paint anything, the day has passed in vain, and the throne of the King of architecture hasn’t come closer to you. In this case, a small notebook (for example, Moleskin) can help you. You will be able to sketch something or put down your ideas in it every day. Even if you draw one sketch per day, by the end of the year you will have more than 300 sketches. Not every graduate can boast of this quantity.

Lash or cookie.

For a long time it seemed to me that the teacher should tell the student only the truth even if his project is complete shit, and if the student is a girl wearing pink.

To tell the truth without frills and “baby talk”, even if a student eventually either leaves with tears and bleeding mascara or cuts the tires of the teacher’s car.

But the truth sometimes turns out to be bitter. Sometimes you have to flatter.
Due to the immature state of mind, a first-year student hungers for recognition of his creative work and therefore sometimes cheap flattery can have a beneficial effect, even though it may sound a bit strange. Personally, I know some students who don’t want to do something because they are afraid of being offended by the teachers and peers. They are really lacking confidence.

It is important to find an individual approach to each student.
Those who do well usually do not need to be flattered, and they can always be told the truth and should be criticized even more than praised. But less gifted students are often very upset about their failures and constant criticism from the side of teachers drives them into the gloom even more, and they eventually become “emo”.

They should be encouraged. This gives them joy and they start to work well.

Usually, flattery or just kind words may be vital for students only during the first years of study, but in fact there are many elder undergraduates of a similar type.

The teacher has to be able to determine what is currently vital for a student. The same concerns your peers and you. If your friend is crying quietly, poking her head in her project, holding a small not sharpened pencil, blowing her nose in a pink handkerchief, it’s not necessary to tell her the truth. In such cases, a lie, a soft velvet voice and a friendly slap on the shoulder will contribute much more into her “upgrade”, rather than if you “tut-tut” with your tongue, standing over her, and say that being red-eyed she looks a bit like Marilyn Manson.

Nevertheless, you shouldn’t overdose on flattery.

If everything goes well, you should whip and only whip!

Lebedev’s Pyramid. Let's talk honestly.

95 percent of architects (designers) who have already graduated from the university are not reckless in their profession at all. They make bullshit which makes one sick and can’t be shown to anyone.

There were 100 students in my group. Maybe some of them will be offended having read these lines, and will consider me big-headed. Though, one has to admit that out of 100 students only 10 made good projects. And only 5 made great projects. (Yes, I was one of the 5). Of course, among 85 people who were making quite mediocre projects, the very few admitted that. And, as a rule, if this happened early enough, they still had time to drop out and to find a niche for themselves in something else rather than to continue proving their lack of talent with further projects. But most of the time this awareness never comes even after several years of work.

If you are reading these lines and you have graduated from the university, then I would bet 8.5 of 10, that you are either a lousy architect or designer, or at last photographer. You shouldn’t fool yourselves. Don’t forget about it even when you get great reviews of your terrible project from your friends who grasp the idea even worse than you do. It's usually very flattering and fools you regarding the factual quality of your project. But in order to realize and to believe it it’s enough to visit a Facebook page of any creative person. Under any of his works which are complete shit one can surely find a couple of enthusiastic commentators.

Fear of good comments. They are misleading and can only lead you to undue euphoria.

I must say that the students from the 95 percent of the group may be just fine people. They may be nice to talk to, they are good friends. They may be a good company to go to McDonald's.

That means, that you shouldn’t be offended if you are a lousy architect, and you have just realized it. You can still remain a good person.

And the most important thing! You can become a good architect! Perhaps you will never become a genius, but the World doesn’t need only genius people! Our world would have been much nicer if we had a strong middle level. This is absolutely real. To achieve this, you only need a strong wish and self cultivation. So, to conclude, the prospects of being a chief architect of the city, publicity, having your own company and a yacht packed with girls or guys are actually achievable for almost everyone.

Brain fitness tips

Don’t worry if you don’t feel as a genius or even a specialist of an average level.

Brain can be developed as muscles. If you don’t do it, it will be faded, weak and flabby as old woman’s boobs. But even with the lack of talent, constantly training you can develop your taste and comprehension of architecture.

In order to perform well you should follow the advice both mentioned above and below, as well as constantly monitor everything that happens in the world of art. This is the easiest thing you can do to develop your taste. The more you look at the pictures during the first academic years, the more you are aware of what is trivial and piped-in, and what is unique.

The sense of taste can be improved. This is a not entirely inherent and unchangeable quality. And by the way your taste can also be worsened, though it’s a bit more complicated. But the more you look particularly at the beginning, the better it is for you. Though that only helps in the early stages of learning. Subsequently it is necessary only in order to stay current.

The number grows into quality (sometimes, or at least over time). Therefore, apart from surfing the Internet, you should still keep the brain muscles toned by constant creating of something. And the worse you cope with something, the more it must be focused on. You don’t have to be stuck only inventing or just learning something new all the time. The best way is to try and to put into practice a new trick, having seen one. Nothing new has been said, but for some reason, some people haven’t heard about it during their entire lives.

Believe in yourself.

Countless books have been written about this, but still not every person is fully aware of how important it is. The fact that you have to believe in yourself is clear to anyone, and only the very few truly do so. Others just say it to themselves, but the pencils are trembling in their hands and the line is awry.

I remember one of my first lessons of drawing very well, when we have just entered the university. As we were almost a year on training courses before that, generally, we knew how we can draw something and how much time we have to spend. And then we encounter a teacher who told us that we would be able to do three times as much within three hours. No one believed in that and everyone was complaining that we would fail. But he went on saying that we didn’t know what we were really capable of. And when the time came, everyone silently took very thick pencils and willing it or not, within three hours without any break had drawn as much as we usually did within one month. Everyone was very surprised by the fact that we coped with it. So, be sure that you can make more and better too. You just have to do it.

When I entered the university, I still did not know whether I was able to do something or not. By the way, almost no one of the 2004 school leavers who were gathered in that hall knew about themselves. But I believed in myself.

I looked around the crowded hall, where there were more than a hundred students like me who recently had been the ordinary pupils. I wasn’t scared that they are my future competitors and probably my opponents. To conclude, there were many reasons to be afraid. Indeed, many of them were from families of architects, artists, designers, some of them were art schools graduates unlike me and had already been prepared for architecture. In fact, I realized where I actually was and what I would have to do during the first academic year. To tell the truth, I can’t imagine how one could do like this having not the slightest idea about his future job. I was sitting there in that hall and felt absolutely no fear or sense of competition, although there were six years ahead during which we had to compete both with each other and in groups on the quality of our works willingly or not.

You shouldn’t think about your competitors as about competitors as a matter of principle. There always should be the goal of creating a cool project and it does not matter, what anyone else does along with you. If you cope with the task successfully, you will “beat” your rival or competitor in any case. Concentrate fully on a good result and don’t be distracted by what others are occupied with. Keep your mind on what you are doing and don’t waste your time on your rivals. Of course, this doesn’t call off the constant monitoring of everything new, what's going on in the world in the field of architecture or design. We're talking only about the closest competitors.

Let us return to the faith in yourself. Blind faith in your almost endless possibilities may let you down. It happened to me on the first lesson of painting. I did not like painting during my entire childhood and this likely was one of the reasons for my complete failure in painting. No matter how I tried and reworked the same work many times, it still didn’t get better or at least worthy. And my works were absolutely not so beautiful as those of the children from the artistic families, genetically predisposed to a better painting. Though in the end I went up from “C”s to “A”s, but I still realized how much my painting is not picturesque.

I wasn’t too worried about painting as I never set the goal of becoming the artist number one. Though, to be honest, I would have absolutely no idea of what I to do, if the architecture had been the same. I strongly believe that to be at the average level isn’t enough for me. I would have been looking for something apart from architecture, if I had been average.

Nevertheless, you can never draw a conclusion about the abilities of a student judging from his first works.
If you have just entered the university or have just started to design and come up with complete shit, there is no reason for being panic-stricken and changing the university, though it’s the reason to get concerned.

Why isn’t it so obvious? My first composition got a “C” and it was really dreadful. It was the first creative work at the university and everyone was waiting impatiently for it. Finally, everyone could compete in the field of creative work and show how cool he is. And suddenly I got a heavy blow to my self-esteem, when I turned out to get a “C” for the composition. Shame, shame, shame! Fortunately, I did not take it very seriously at that time, although if it had happened today I think I would have been very upset.

But I still could not get anything else, because I didn’t even know what the composition was? In the drawing class I was explained as if I was a child that the presence of all the elements in the center was the first and foremost aspect of composition. I did exactly the same as I was told, and, of course, I came up with a lousy design. All three elements were in the center. If I would simply throw these three elements on the sheet of paper, this could result in exactly the same design. There was nothing special or unique, and there was no introduction.

Frankly speaking, I can truly boast that I’ve got the idea of how to make a design so that it is superb. I just got it from a few sentences in a conversation with friends. And, as a result, my next work was regarded by all and sundry.

Yes, there should be some predisposition, as I could learn architecture relatively with ease, though nothing came of my painting till the end of my studies.

Since my first design, first couple of projects as well as first works in general often were very lousy, I never drew a conclusion about the talent or the lack of it in others from the very first works. And I don’t recommend you to do so. Even having made the first few very dull works, the student has the chance to reach his full potential and to become an ace of diamonds.

Indeed, there were some people in the group, who found a niche for themselves in the field of architecture or something else very close to it (artists, designers, fashion designers) in the senior years of studies, when no one expected anything from them. But these were rare exceptions.

Actually, there’s not much time to lose in order to try to reach your true potential. If you’re not successful in the first two years, it is still ok. Though, if you continue to come up with bull shit, nothing will save you from my retributive sword. It’s shameful to produce shit in the senior years of studies. At any rate one has to get good skills within several years. So, don’t worry if you are overwhelmed at the beginning of your studies, but you have to realize the fact that your project doesn’t get ladies excited as well as it doesn’t excite envy of your peers.

The most amazing thing I noticed is that some students very often did very good, and even superb designs in the first years, though they simply slid into a complete shit by the end of the sixth course. I felt that there was “a degrador” hidden somewhere at the university which shone with its rays of light on the students and many of them degraded and became even more stupid than when they had been on entering the university.

Of course, many students let things slide and forget about the diploma as well as about the last projects of senior courses, as their head is immersed in work and they begin to consider themselves as adults, who have more important things and projects. However, terrible low level of their works can’t be excused and it makes me think that “a degrador” really exists somewhere.

If you are not very good at creating facade of a building or something else, then do not panic, do not worry and don’t be uptight. Just work on it. Beat yourself on where it hurts most and sketch, sketch, sketch!


Male and female designs.

Many may disagree, but the majority of student projects, can be distinguished on the basis of the gender of their creators. Male and female projects sometimes differ slightly, but sometimes they are completely different. One of the indicators which is hundred percent efficient is a round plan, made with the help of the drawing compasses. That means that a girl has made the project. I guess this is the peak of stupidity and complete helplessness. To make a circle with the help of a compass, and then to divide it into sectors does not require any brain activity. And, unfortunately, mostly girls use this “technique”. Such plans should be banned by teachers.

There is only one exception - the plan of the Melnikov’s private house.

Please spare me writing about the plans in the form of butterflies and hearts. Incidentally, it should be noted that male designs are often in the form of an oblong rectangular. Apparently, symbolic tits and cocks of their owners can be traced in both types of designs.

Whether the project was made by a boy or a girl can be defined on grounds of many other specific features. Women's grace, man’s brutality, etc.

However, it is difficult to say whether it’s good or bad and whether it should be your trait as well or not. The main thing is not to go to extremes. Though...

Don’t criticize.

To criticize someone and to point out someone else's mistakes (especially on the Internet) is a complete waste of time.

There are only two reasons why you may criticize someone. The first one is when you are the teacher, and the second one, is when a person asks you for criticism. Otherwise it is better to keep silence and you will save a lot of time, without convincing someone that his project is complete shit.

I previously had occasional bouts of kindness and was trying to help some people, pointing out their mistakes on the Internet. As a rule, these were the people who began to do a good job, and my words just pointed out the mistakes that they simply didn’t notice.

How much time I have wasted! No matter how gently and caressingly you express criticism in most cases you encounter an angry opponent with foam at the mouth trying to demonstrate that your advice is useless. Surely, everyone is too cool, hipped and holds a “black belt” in architecture.

So, never criticize anyone.

If you though decide to do so, try to do this in such a way as if the person has found the mistake himself.

If you are criticized.

If you are sensitive about criticism, you have lower back pain, and you recover from unpleasant and truthful words for several days, you can continue to remain the selfish lovers of your own works, but, first and foremost is improve their quality. If you are nothing to blame for, you will be able to caress your project with love.

Personally, I usually try even harder making the next project after the failure and critics.


People often ask me, when I first started to work, and are surprised to hear that I have been working from the second year of studies. Nowadays, due to the recent crisis and post-crisis state in the field of construction many students have never worked by the fifth-sixth academic year. Sometimes it's really not their fault. There is no work at all, companies have gone bankrupt and customers have seen better days. Though, it might sound strange, but many young people say good-bye to the joyful life rather unwillingly even in exchange for experience and money. It’s simpler have such excuse as the crisis, get money from your parents and continue to hang out. My advice is to go to work from the second year of studies. Work and University are two different worlds. Sometimes they are quite opposite. No matter how super elite your University is, at work you will encounter many questions, which you will never be told about at the University.

Come on and work! You are learning for it and it’s much better to be not only a graduate, but also an experienced professional with working experience and customer database rather than just to start working.

This seems to be an evident truth but for many people is still a big mystery.
You should go to the company, which will give you the opportunity of sketching and making up small projects from the second academic year, but not photocopying and making models for free. It doesn’t matter whether it will be a small or a big company, the main thing is that you will be able to learn something there.

If money is not paid and you don’t grow in experience, change it without a second thought. Don’t stay there for a long time because of the friendly atmosphere and location close to home.

If life forces you to work it will make you learn a few programs. It is very shameful to start learning 3Dmax or ArchiCAD in the fifth academic year.

However, there is a small nuance in working alongside with the university. Some get high because of the fact that their work is paid and too lazy to do something for free at the university. But you're smart cuppy cakes and won’t do so.

Daily routine and self-discipline.

It is difficult to write about specific schedule, since everyone has his own one. But one thing is the most important - your self-discipline. If you have to do something, you have to do it without delay. Don’t give way to your weakness. You should be able to control yourselves and your desires. Rule yourselves. If you can command yourself, you will be able to command others. If you are feeble doormat inside, others will domineer over you. People feel it no matter how you try to hide it.

So, if you’re bored and instead of sketching a project you hurry to download the new album of Britney Spears on the Internet, as well as you can be occupied with something else, it will be clearly seen to people who surround you, even under the mask of gravity.

Therefore, no matter what your schedule is, the most important thing is how you stick to it. Your inner strength, young Padawan.

Sleepless nights.

In the six years of studies I worked at night before the deadline which was actually the next day only for three times. And all three times in vain. First of all, your brain works worse at night. As a result my works appeared to be untidy and with mistakes. In the end, the next day, teachers told me to do my work over and bring it to them later. I didn’t have enough sleep, and eventually did double work.

Usually we work at night when there is not enough time. But what prevented you from doing everything in time? You can constantly say that you are the victim of unforeseen circumstances, that it’s not your fault, that you are working and do not manage with everything and show other reasons. But in fact there is only you to blame for night work as well as your bad time management.

You're just not good enough to rule yourself and, therefore, you use your time not effectively and efficiently enough during the day. You devote much time to entertainment and don’t want to admit it.

One of the most frequently mentioned excuses that it is easier to work at night when nobody disturbs you.

Well, there is really no one to disturb you at night. But if you don’t have enough self-discipline to reject someone’s offer or refuse yourself in something, in order to do your work, there is only you to blame.

It sometimes happens in life, that the only way to do everything in time is to stick to it all night. Nevertheless, it can’t be the rule.

Although, if you enjoy your lifestyle, it's up to you.

How to save time and to take it easy?

Save time and take it easy.

Suppose, a slight desire to do or to create something has emerged in you after everything mentioned above. I would be very happy if you do so.

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