“Every day is a canvas waiting to be painted” – Craig Sagur
Do you have enough time? Of course you don’t have enough time to do it all! No one does.
I have been procrastinating getting to my “to do” lists… after the December rush, January came and I hit a wall. I met all my deadlines with the holiday shows and all else it entailed and guess I just needed a bit of time off, mostly from working in the studio. That is ok, we need to be able to give ourselves “time off”.
However, now that February has arrived, I am feeling the need to re-prioritize my intentions and goals for the year (I usually like to do this in January). With this in mind, I got out my journal for organizing my time and setting my intentions, and thought I might share a few important keys to be successful when setting intentions.
Freedom. I used to wish I had more time when I was working full time as a psychotherapist. Ironically, I got more done then with the time I had. I had to be much more organized to be able to manage everything. But now that I have more freedom (and more time), it is actually harder to have the discipline needed to plan my goals and keep them. Yes, it is a luxury to be able to say, “I will do it tomorrow”, but that can get in the way of meeting goals.
Art that inspires me in my work
Goal setting. Create a goal and be sure you are 100% committed to it. Whether its weight loss, a new exercise program, or carving time out in your studio, evaluate your commitment on a scale of 1-10. I find the things I am not ‘that’ committed to just don’t happen. Ask yourself what may be the underlying reason. Perhaps you have a goal to write a book, then you plan to write every day…but are you committed? Maybe you really don’t like writing after all!
Procrastination. Being busy all the time is a form of procrastination, an excuse not to arrive at the goals or plans you have made. I get an A+ for this one…I always used to say yes to everything else when I finally realized by saying Yes, I was saying No to myself. Which brings me to the next important step: setting boundaries.
Boundaries. I absolutely have to set boundaries around my time in order to carve out the time I need in the studio. If I don’t do this, it just doesn’t happen. Seems silly to have to be structured about free time, but for me, it’s vital to give myself this in order to reach my goals in my art business. This is true for all goals…you have to make time to devote to that plan of action to meet the goal. Any successful person has found the balanced equation between being disciplined and have freedom of mind
Art that inspires me in my work
Accountability. I need to be accountable to myself and to do that I have a support team that helps me. I have an artist friend that that helps me keep my goals. We trade with in order to help each other stay on track. A support team is so valuable to help you no matter what your goal is.
Motivation: And last, none of this will be helpful unless you feel motivated! So, figure out what motivates you. Is it a you-tube video, a class, a group of like minded people. How about making a vision board? Perhaps this should be the first thing on the list – but if you have this one thing, the rest become easier with that determination driven by motivation; the engine that gets you going. I hope this has been helpful.
*Some of these ideas have been borrowed from art coach, Alyson Stanfield.
Until next time,