Guest Blogger: Sally J. Smith
After your teleseminar with Carolyn Edlund, I was inspired to map out a system that would help me manage all the details of my very full list of goals.
I sat down and wrote out what my ultimate goal was and then the various opportunities I have to get there. Then under each one of these projects, I described the steps needed to get me to completion for that particular activity.
I realized that having this information written down in list form wasn’t enough. I wanted a way to track my progress, so I made this visual organizer.
On a piece foam core, I made trajectory lines for each project. Dots mark specific steps that need to be taken to get to complete that project .
As I complete steps, I move the colorful “markers” from left to right, dot-to-dot, along the timelines until I am completed. (The markers are simply pencil erasers fitted over a pushpin. They work quite well!)
It looks like there are a ton of projects/items, and there are. But now it is all documented and not raging in my head. It feels much better.
When I tried to organize my projects in the past, I never added “follow up” after X was completed. Thanks to you and Carolyn, I understand that this was a simple but huge piece that was missing from my business practice.
Now “follow up” is added to almost all of my projects, just as a reminder that this is a weak area for me.
This has helped me understand the steps I need to take to sell more images and products.
Do you organize your projects visually? Please tell us how in a comment. If you’re interested in the seminars that inspired Sally, see Art Sales for Artists and Craftspeople.
About Our Guest Blogger
Artist Sally J. Smith is a watercolor artist who recently began creating environmental sculptures (regardless of the weather) near her Adirondack mountain studio.