It’s easy to be discouraged by everything left undone at the end of the year, but don’t fall into that trap.
Your job is to pick and choose what you need at the moment.
So, yeah, if you consider all of the possible career strategies, there’s a lot you probably didn’t get done this year. The important thing is that you did your best.
Rather than focus on the unfinished items on your list, I urge you, as I do every year, to count your accomplishments. Write down everything you achieved in 2010.
Here is an inventory of questions to get you started.
In 2010 . . .
How did you promote your art?
What did you do to enhance your online presence?
What technological skills did you learn or improve?
How many people did you add to your mailing list?
How many Twitter followers or Facebook fans did you gain?
Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met?
Whom did you mentor or help out?
When did you ask for help or hire someone?
What new marketing material did you develop and use?
What medium or skill did you attempt or master?
What did you try that was completely new?
What did you try that was uncomfortable but helped you grow?
What worthy cause did you support?
What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit?
What resources did you discover or master?
How did you improve your studio habits?
What books did you read to help your career? What videos or films were useful?
What seminars/workshops/lectures did you attend or teach?
How did you enhance your office or studio environment?
What organizations were you involved with?
What grants did you apply for?
What grants/honors/awards did you receive?
What articles were written about your work?
Where did you exhibit or retail your art?
Where did you save a wad of money?
What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2010?
Select the questions that are relevant and add your own insights.
Congratulate yourself! Be grateful for the people you met, the energy you mustered, and the new experiences you had.
Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by all that remains undone. Just continue doing your best. Every step counts.
Care to share your best of 2010?