Schedule Something Scary and Extraordinary

©Joey Feldman, Vicious. Pen and ink on paper, 28 x 20 inches. Used with permission

It’s scary to step up – to think bigger about what you’re capable of – and that’s exactly what I’ll be asking of attendees at Art Biz Makeover next week.

There’s very little motivation in the daily grind: update Facebook, schedule a few tweets, send a newsletter, write a blog post, work in studio. If you’re not careful, you’ll continue to go through the motions of life without doing something extraordinary for your art and for yourself.

©Joey Feldman, Vicious. Pen and ink on paper, 28 x 20 inches. Used with permission.

In honor of the witching season, I ask you to scare yourself a little. Give yourself a challenge that motivates you to get out of bed and into the studio every day. Take on a quest.

Anatomy of a Quest (with Examples)

According to Chris Guillebeau, author of The Happiness

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Making Your List and Checking It Twice

santa-list

Today’s article is short and sweet because you should be enjoying Christmas day. But . . . tomorrow it will be time to get back to work and start thinking about how you want to start the New Year. Here is an idea for finishing up 2013 and preparing for a prosperous 2014. I’m fairly certain that Santa uses a similar process to keep track of the many deliveries he must make today.

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7 Tips For Staying Focused On Your Goals

Kathy Loh organizes her project at Cynthia Morris’s writing retreat.

You will encounter all kinds of roadblocks that test your resolve to achieve your goals. Here are seven tips to help you maneuver around those barriers. 1. Know your priorities. Dang it! You wrote them down somewhere. Where are those priorities? You shouldn’t have to look them up.

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Podcast: Identify (only) the next action

Want to avoid a backlog of tasks and feeling overwhelmed by projects you need to complete?

Clearly define your tasks and identify only the next action for your task list. Always ask yourself: What’s the next action?

Listen to this week's podcast for guidance on how to be more productive.

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