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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How to Motivate Yourself to Work During the Holidays

One of our Thanksgiving tables. Photo courtesy Cynthia Morris.

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.

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4 Semi-Unrelated Business Lessons

photo of cat and computer

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.

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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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So You Don’t Feel Like Marketing

Pouting Kid

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?”

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Clean Up, Wrap Up, Gear Up

blank canvas to start the new year

With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start. Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals. Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas?

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DIY Rescue for Artists

White Wrapped Present

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.

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Task List Navigation for Peace of Mind

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!

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Low on Brain Cells? 6 Brainless Business Actions

©2012 Mel Ristau, At the Start of a New Day. Pigmented digital print.

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.

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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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