Get a Grip on Your Projects by January 1

What would it be like to feel more in control of your New Year? Between Christmas and New Year’s, take at least half a day to review your commitments, select a method to record details for each project and assign due or do dates to the tasks.

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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

The number one complaint I hear from artists is that they don’t have enough time. See if implementing one or more of these time saving strategies can buy you some sanity.

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Art Marketing Action Podcast: Top Time-Savers for Your Art Business

Audio version of the post with the same name. The number one complaint I hear from artists is that they don’t have enough time. See if implementing one or more of these time saving strategies can buy you some sanity.

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Can your art business survive divorce?

Betty Ann McKinney

A loss is a loss whether it’s a death in your family, a disaster that strikes your home or studio, or divorce. Today we’re talking about divorce and how you might overcome it for your art career. But I imagine it can be applied to any loss.

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Art Marketing Action + Podcast: Devote 15 Minutes a Day to . . .

If you are one of the artists wrestling with a commitment to your studio, I have a solution: Spend just 15 minutes a day checking in with your art. This is all you need to promise yourself at this point.

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Sweep up your incompletes during Clean Slate Week

Wouldn’t it feel great if you started the New Year with a clean studio, office, and home? Think about spending this final week of the year tidying up all of the loose ends that have been nagging at you. And remember to put it on your calendar for next year. Don’t schedule other appointments. This week is just for you.

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Stop, and then get to work

Do you ever find yourself looking for more information than you need?

Do you catch yourself reading and reading (and clicking and clicking) and never taking action?

Are you looking for the magic bullet–that one thing (as if there were one thing) that will propel your art career forward faster than you could have imagined?

Eve Wheeler, Washed Ashore. Acrylic on canvas. ©The Artist Inspired by the photograph Conch Shell Study 8 by lisilk on wetcanvas.com, which was offered as a resource for all artists.

Stop! Stop gathering information, stop looking for something that doesn’t exist, and start doing.

There is no single thing you can do to “make it” in the art world. A successful career is the result of years of labor–both in and out of the studio. It is the sum of hundreds and thousands of actions, regardless of how small the actions seem at the moment.

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