Balancing the Roles of Artist and Mother

Guest blogger Sandhya Manne says, “When you love something, you will make time for it — whether “it” is children or art.” She shares how she balances her roles as mother and artist.

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Support Your Goals with a Creativity Brief

Josh Linkner

A Creativity Brief can help you make any creative project more successful.

Caution: It’s hard work!

In his book Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, Josh Linkner, founder of ePrize, shares an outline for a Creativity Brief that you can use for any project – a major installation, an exhibit, a workshop, or a new blog or website.

Linker writes:

Warning: the Creativity Brief is intense and will take real work to complete. But that work is a good investment. By taking the time up front to get it right, you will yield an exponentially better end result.

He’s not kidding! It’s an intense process that isn’t for the weak. I’d compare it to writing a grant application.

Defining, in detail, the major components of your project gives you a blueprint to take action. You don’t

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2 of My Favorite Productivity Tools

Accomplishing a lot of work is easier and more pleasant when you have the right tools and systems in place. I thought I’d share with you two of my favorite productivity tools: 1Password and Evernote. Whatever tools you choose to increase your productivity, don’t get caught up in the technology. Make sure they are easy to use, quick to learn, and aren’t more complicated than what you need.

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5-Minute Self-Promotion Tasks

Imagine how productive you could be in just 5 minutes. Inspired by a recent book-marketing newsletter from John Kremer, I decided to come up with a list of what you can do in 5 minutes to promote your art.

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Tie Up Loose Ends & Refresh

My office - pre-yellow walls - under the chandelier that was my grandmother's.

There are many other people who will tell you to relax and enjoy this week after Christmas. Not me! I see it as a terrific time to buckle down and get ready for what’s ahead in the New Year. Tie up those loose ends and get a fresh outlook for what’s ahead.

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Get a Grip on Your Projects by January 1

Will Lineberger Eskridge, Time of the Season III. Oil on canvasboard.

How would you like to feel more in control of your New Year?

Will Lineberger Eskridge, Time of the Season III. Oil on canvasboard, 5.5 x 5.5 inches. ©The Artist

Next week – between Christmas and New Year’s – set aside at least half a day to review your commitments.

We’re all juggling various projects that we compartmentalize. The steps we take to put together an exhibition are different from the actions required to fill a workshop.

Create a System

To ensure that you don’t miss vital tasks that will make your project a success, take time to gather the details for each project in a single place.

There are a number of ways to do this. You could:

Make a page for each project inside a notebook. Create a document for each project on your computer. Create a

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Defining Your Projects

To prepare you for tomorrow’s post about getting a grip on your projects before the end of the year, here is a list of what your projects might include.

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Studio vs. Business Time

Do you find it hard transitioning between studio and business/office time? What kind of downtime do you need in between?

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The Hard Part of Your Work as an Artist

Marketing wizard Seth Godin recently wrote about the hard part of any job. He says: “Hard is not about sweat or time, hard is about finishing the rare, valuable, risky task that few complete. . . .” What’s the hard part of your job?

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Top Time-Savers for Your Art Business

Sandy Askey Adams, Serenity at the Beach. Pastel

The number one complaint I hear from artists is that they don’t have enough time.

Sometimes it’s not so much a complaint, but a fear—a fear that they’ll be overwhelmed if they have to add one more business or marketing task to their list of things to do.

We all have the same amount of time, but some of us have learned strategies to be more efficient. See if implementing one or more of these ideas can buy you some sanity.

Sandy Askey Adams, Serenity at the Beach. Pastel, 12 x 24 inches. ©The Artist

Chunk it. Schedule your errands together and do like-minded tasks at the same time. It’s often easier to write a number of blog posts in one sitting than it is to write one a day.

Post-date it. If you write blog posts ahead

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