Organizing Financial Invoices and Receipts Electronically

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to update your files to 2013. I thought I’d share how I organize my finances electronically to avoid finding more space for paper files. Here’s how my Finances e-file looked a couple of days ago.

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Clean Up, Wrap Up, Gear Up

blank canvas to start the new year

With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start. Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals. Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas?

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Task List Navigation for Peace of Mind

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. I find myself in this position more than I would like to admit and thought I’d share a process that has worked for me. First, make a list of everything that needs to get done, including the small steps necessary to complete the larger tasks. Everything!

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Organizing Your Projects Visually

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

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How to Avoid Information Overload

Art Business Books

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.

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Low on Brain Cells? 6 Brainless Business Actions

©2012 Mel Ristau, At the Start of a New Day. Pigmented digital print.

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.

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8 Time-Saving Tips for Your Inbox

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

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Art Marketing Action: Trick and Treat Yourself

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.

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Prepare for the holidays

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

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Clean out for spring

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.

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