You survived another year as a working artist. Congratulations!
Now it’s time to step back and look at all you have accomplished in the last twelve months. This is an annual ritual to take your mind off of the long task list in front of you and remind yourself that you really have done a great deal.
If you do nothing else, stop reading this right now and set aside time in your schedule to review your year. It’s too easy to neglect this exercise if you try to squeeze it in whenever you
I suggest committing to two one-hour sessions to start this process. You’ll need to gather your data from calendars, bookkeeping, and journals.
The format here is based on The See Plan (8 Cs for a balanced business). Please adjust and add personal accomplishments if you like.
And … begin!
1. Challenge Creativity
What artistic medium or skill did you attempt or master?
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.
With less than 1 month to go before Christmas, it’s about this time that we start using the holidays as an excuse to neglect our income-generating businesses. Don’t do this. Enjoy the holidays as much as you can while also keeping your business on track. There are other people out there who can counsel you on self-care and enjoying the season. It’s my job to remind you that your success depends on the daily commitment you show to your business.
Here are four semi-unrelated business lessons I either learned or shared last week. I hope they help you with your art business. 1. Capture it. Write it down. . . . My housekeeper was overwhelmed with all she had to do following her father’s passing. The coach in me kicked in: “If you don’t mind my asking, do you write things down?” “I never write anything down,” she admitted.
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.
Remember when you were a kid and your mom asked you to clean your room or to pick up your toys? Remember the wrath that was imposed upon you when you replied to her request with a whiny “But I don’t feel like it, Mom”? It’s time to ask yourself if you’re being your same childlike stubborn self when it comes to marketing your art. Are you avoiding too many marketing tasks because you “don’t feel like it?”
Your art is your present to the world, but it isn’t a gift until someone has received it. That means you have to make the work and market it (get it out of the studio!). To do this effectively and sanely, you must first acknowledge you need help whenever and wherever you can get it.
Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. I find myself in this position more than I would like to admit and thought I’d share a process that has worked for me. First, make a list of everything that needs to get done, including the small steps necessary to complete the larger tasks. Everything!
We all have moments when we feel our creative juices are spent. Here are six brainless business actions you can take when you don’t have the energy to think too much.
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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