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.
Artist Sally J. Smith shares how she organizes her projects.
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
You will always have a hard time focusing on your art and prioritizing your art business if you haven’t taken the time to assess and plan. Knowing your priorities helps you avoid information overload.
We all have moments when we feel our creative juices are spent. Here are six brainless business actions you can take when you don’t have the energy to think too much.
Isabella Kelly-Ramirez, Wildfire. Oil, 32 x 24 inches.
If you’re not overwhelmed by too much email, you’re one of the few.
If you’re fed up with hundreds of messages in your inbox or if you find that you’re not responding to very important messages, it’s time to get a grip on your email.
Here are my top time-saving tips for email.
1. Turn off your email notifications. You don’t need to be interrupted every time your Uncle Charlie sends you a joke. While you’re at it, turn off your notifications from social media sites. Rather than having information pushed at you constantly, pull it from those sites when you’re prepared to spend time there.
2. Stop saving messages for future reference. Don’t save anything in your inbox that you can find with a simple Google search. Your inbox is
If you’ve been procrastinating something, identify it. After you’ve confessed, you can trick yourself into completing it and getting it off your mind. Of course, your tricks can be followed by treats.
46 days until Thanksgiving 62 days until the start of Hanukkah 75 days until Christmas
The holidays will be here before we know it!
Let me be clear that I’m not advocating you participate in the holiday season at any particular level, but it’s time to make some decisions if you’re waffling.
For example, you should probably decide whether or not you are sending holiday cards in the next two weeks. If you choose to send December greetings to your fans and art associates, here are some pointers to keep you from having to do everything at the last minute.
Laila Kujala, Inside the Majesty. Painting ©The Artist
Decide by November 1 exactly what cards you’ll send. Do you need to purchase them? Print them? Make them? Whether you choose to send cards in December or for a
It’s spring! And we’re emerging from hibernation here in the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve been cooped up for months and may be a little weary of our surroundings. It’s the perfect time to shed the weight. Not THAT weight. The weight of things . . . of junk. It’s time for spring cleaning.
I’m finishing up Christine Kane’s Great Big Dreams retreat in the mountains north of Asheville, NC. Tonight, I’m back at home and getting ready for a big week. And I can’t believe it’s October!
The Get Organized class starts with a kickoff call Tuesday night, and then the INSIGHTS series begins on Thursday night with an interview with Evon Zerbetz. Oh, yeah, and then I head into the mountains next weekend for a book party in Carbondale, CO. With all of this going on, it’s imperative to be organized. I’m no busier than anyone else, but I’m learning to schedule my time more effectively. I’ve learned so much from my productivity consultant, and I’m lucky to have the help of able assistants.
I have a long way to go–especially with my electronic files. Anyone else would have looked at them