6 Tips for Recovering Your Focus


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


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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The Best Marketing Schedule


Every artist has a different productivity rhythm. Some people perform best in the mornings, while others hit their strides late at night. There isn’t a perfect schedule for marketing your art. The only rules are that you do it consistently and with purpose. Oops. I almost forgot the most important rule.

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Twitter Tweekly for November 3 2012

@abstanfield on Twitter

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for! The bi-weekly round-up of my top tweets on Twitter. A little of this and a little of that. I selected just the highlights for you. Here we go!

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Tell Me About Your Work Day

Melanie Morris

One of the most valuable things I do with clients is to help them with their productivity. We’re all stretched for time, but most of us aren’t using the time we have effectively. What does your artist work day look like? How much time do you spend in the studio each day?

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How Evernote Can Save Your Relationships with Collectors

Database/spreadsheet programs for artists can be complex and clunky. Guest blogger Laurie McCarriar outlines 5 ways to use Evernote, a free app for Mac, PC & mobile devices, to cultivate collectors.

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Twitter Tweekly for August 12 2012

A funny kids’ tour of MoMa, a Rothko paint-by-number kit, using video with Pinterest and much more in my bi-weekly roundup of top tweets from my Twitter stream.

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