How I Became the Boss of My Inbox

Be the Boss of Your Inbox

As I write this, I’m sitting with an inbox with far more messages than is comfortable for me. I usually keep a relatively sparse inbox, but the messages accumulate from time to time.

Here’s the ugly truth.

I know that 177 messages isn’t a lot for most people, but it is for me. Instead of beating myself up over it, I’m going to hold myself accountable to under 20 messages before this post is published. Because, I’ve learned . . .

I am the boss of my inbox.

I refuse to let email messages control my life. I’m in charge. You, too, are in charge. You have to be.

If you’re going to be in control of your art career, you have to control every aspect of it. Stop allowing things like email to monopolize your time. Become the boss of

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Twitter Tweekly for May 3, 2014

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A slightly annotated list of my top tweets from the past two weeks. Worth Standing On Its Own >>Online art sales to grow fast — study | BusinessWorld Online buff.ly/1fuNnbm . . . Art Marketing >> Top 10 Tips for being an artist fr award-winning artist Susanne du Toit bbc.com/news/entertain… BBC News

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Save Time with Consistent Naming Conventions

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One of the best ways to save time on your computer is to be consistent when naming your files. It not only saves you time, but will be imperative when (not if) you bring someone in to help you expand your art business. It makes no sense to hire an assistant only to spend half of your time trying to find things in the computer for your assistant.

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Are These 4 Time-Stealers Robbing You of a Successful Art Career?

©July Cady Ryan, The Time Stealer. Acrylic, 12 x 12 inches. Used with permission.

A student in my Art Biz Bootcamp asked last week on a coaching call, “Where do you find the time?” After I gave him my answers and we hung up from the call, I thought: There’s no such thing as finding time. We have time. It’s up to us how we choose to use it. Then I thought about time bandits. I came up with four big things that rob us of that time.

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Hurry Hurry! (sort of)

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Emphasized at my mastermind meeting two weeks ago: The most successful people have a sense of urgency. I believed this to be true when I heard it, and then I started researching what “a sense of urgency” really means. It’s not really about hurrying.

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6 Tips for Recovering Your Focus

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Focus lately – enough that it deserves a capital “F.” It’s not that I’ve never written about focus, but it seems more critical than ever to remove ourselves from the chatter of social media, family squabbles, and needy pets. We have to give ourselves space to focus on a project.

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You Are the Ringmaster of Your Life

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When you work on your own, it’s easy to get into an unproductive rut. The demands of everyday life can pull you off track. Soon, you find, you’re taxiing kids, doing the laundry or waiting for repair people. Well, YOU are the Ringmaster of your life. You get to call the shots, and you can step up and create a structure to drive momentum and increase productivity.

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How to Find Anything When You Need It

Similar works are distinguished by titles, such as these in Jane Guthrie’s exhibition.

I subscribe to the theory that less clutter and a more organized mind and workspace mean more room for creativity. How can you make really good art when you’re worried about where you stored the image the reporter is requesting or wondering what you did with that exhibition contract that’s due tomorrow? If you are struggling to stay organized, here are five naming tips that will help you find anything when you need it.

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2 Steps To An Empty Inbox

My crazy inbox while on vacation last summer.

We entrepreneurs are slaves to our inboxes, and we could spend all day answering email – but let’s not! There’s a smarter way to manage this. While the elusive Inbox Zero may not be your main goal, holding on to unanswered or unprocessed email is a drain on your mental energy.

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It's Okay To Jump From Idea To Idea

Kirstin Borror writes: “My difficulty seems to be staying focused on one creative idea at a time. Any tips?” Creativity coach, Romney Nesbitt responds, “Dear Kirsten, You may be fighting a losing battle. The natural tendency of creative people is to carry the seeds of many ideas at the same time; the trick is keeping all ideas moving forward. . . . ”

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