The Secret To Making More Art!

by Jennyann Carthern 

This month I've been really diving deep into a project called 5th Avenue. It's a coloring book, I've been working on since taking Lilla Rogers Class way back in March. The assignment was based on 1920s hairstyles.

I instantly became obsessed with the idea, and while doing this project I decided that I'd finish it out as a coloring book. Well 6 months later, it's coming to pass.

Why so long? It was because of my focus.

Those of you who process an Artist mind, A.K.A. a mind overloaded with ideas and wonders, will understand what I'm about to talk about.

If you've ever watched Kitchen Nightmares, you'll know that one of the main reasons some restaurants were failing on that show, is because they had too many options on their menu. This overwhelmed the kitchen, the pantry, and the customers.

Well I too, had too many options on my menu. So many that it overwhelmed my work, my progress, and my time. How did I fix it and make it right and how can you do the same?

STEP 1

Do an idea brain dump. I needed to get all my projects out of my head and onto a single sheet of paper. I needed to see them visually.

STEP 2

Categorize. Take all your ideas, and place them into categories. I did this by thinking about goals first. I thought about what projects I wanted to get done in the next month, three months, and within a year. Then I thought about how realistic the aim was. This helped me to figure out which egg to hatch first.

STEP 3

Create a schedule for your project, with those goals in mind. NOT A TO-DO LIST!

The notion of a to-do list has been tripping me up for years. I thought that by writing down a daily task list, and then slaving to finish those tasks would help me make more art. I was wrong, though. I needed a schedule. A time and a place to make art and work towards those goals and tasks. If you want to be more creative, and make more art. You need a schedule, not a task list. This was my biggest Aha Ha moments of 2016, and it was life-changing.

When I started my coloring book for example. I knew that I also wanted to use the images for a 2017 calendar as well. This meant that I needed to make 12 images. So In the first week. I focused on sketches, to flush out my vision, and once I developed it. It was time to set a goal for finishing the main sketches. So, I set out to complete 3 line drawing a day for 4 days during my studio time. This gave me a daily accomplishment. As I'm still working on the project, I have daily goals to meet based off of my schedule not tasks.


This all sounds simple, but for some reason, when creativity knocks at our door. It takes the form of a door salesman, and presents us with all the possibilities but forgets to tell of about the cost. The cost for me was piles and piles of ideas and unfinished work. Don't let that be the cost for you.

Make room for artmaking, by focusing on finishing one thing at a time. Set deadlines, and work towards them. This is the secret to making more art.

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An Intro To Scrumy!


Hi everyone, welcome back to The Time Management Blog Series.

I'm super excited about this last month in the series, because I get to share some of my favorite tools and apps for Time and Project Managment.  Take what you need from these tools, and make it your own. 

Today. I'm gonna introduce you to Scrumy.com. It's a great visual tool to see and manage all your projects at a glance. I've tried Asana, and a bunch of other tools. This was the only one, that seemed to click for me. Enjoy! 


The Artist Is Nothing Without The Gift, But The Gift Is Nothing Without Work.

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Check out past posts from this series! 

9.22.2015: Why Ask Why

9.29.2015: Daily Pick Me Ups

10.6.2015: Keep The Faith

10.13.2015: The Magic of Tidying Up

10.20.2015: Get Serious

10.27.2015: A Beginners Guide To                    Reckless Driving for Artists.

11.13.2015: Add More Energy

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Time Out!


You're doing an amazing job, with your morning routines, daily workouts, and motivational exercises. Now things are starting to slow down, and you’re adding minutes to your alarm clock, and taking more time to relax and chill. There’s nothing wrong with that. However you still have loads of work, and now tasks are piling up on a monumental level. You feel guilty, overwhelmed and just don’t know why you couldn’t stick to your schedule.


Well guess what. This is O.K. It’s also a part of Time Management. You are no robot, you are an organic, changing being. When your current suddenly changes. This is a great time to reflect, refocus your goals and to think about how far you’ve come. The point is to edit, and make changes in what was. If you want to sleep later, put it in the schedule, and make it work . This is the  time to create some new patterns that will kick you back into gear.

"Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out into the ocean." 

-Christopher Reeve​

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So please be kind to yourself. This is a part of the process. It doesn’t matter how many times you pause, as long as you continue to hit play.


It’s also a great time to see whether or not you’ve been overworking yourself. So it’s important to start scheduling more time for play in your schedule to balance out the work. Schedule it just like any other appointment, and make it a playdate.


This time is a blessing, because it allows you to stop, pause, and listen to what your heart is calling you to do.


If this is the place your at today. Take a moment to Reflect, Edit, and Schedule in some play time. Don't wait, do it now! 


​Check out past posts from this series!

9.22.2015: Why Ask Why?

9.29.2015: Daily Pick Me Ups

10.6.2015: Keep The Faith

10.13.2015: The Magic of Tidying Up

10.20.2015: Get Serious

10.27.2015: A Beginners Guide To Reckless Driving for Artists

11.3. 2015: Add More Energy To Your Day

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Add more energy to your day!

Where focus goes, energy flows.


To a certain extent I believe that, because like most Artists. I’ve lost myself in my paintings. Disappearing for hours during the process of painting, until I realized it was done. When you focus all your energies into what you want, energy flows to it.


That’s not what I’m going to talk about today though. Today we’re going to look at how to get more energy to do the work you want to do. You know what I mean. You just got off work, and you’re exhausted. It’s the only time you have to work on your art though. It’s times like these where it seems that energy is lacking.



You might me doing everything you need to self motivate yourself to get up and work, but it’s still not helping. Here’s why.


Energy doesn’t just come from the mind, it comes from the body. You see you have to develop a health plan for your life. It’s time. One specially designed for you from you. You have to raise the standards on what goes in your body, so you can reap the rewards of all that comes out of it. Being healthy, More Alert, More Fit, and More Energized.


That’s where energy comes from, that’s the final icing on the cake.


I by no means am an expert in this area, but I do know that when I started adding exercise to my day. My willpower was higher and I had enough fuel to carry me through the entire day.



It also had to do with what I was putting into my body, and paying attention to how certain foods made me fill. See pancakes in the morning may be a norm in homes across america, but pancakes zap your energy after eating them. This is where you have to pay attention and really figure out how to make a better choices, not only for your health, but for your goals.


You see I’m not telling you to go on a diet, lose weight , or to stop eating foods you like. I’m telling you to start realizing how food affects your productivity, and your goals, and how you can start changing that. If you like pancakes, plan the best time to eat them, it shouldn’t be when you have a pile of work to do. Ihop serves them at night..


We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~ Adelle Davis
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Today I’d like you to create a health plan, one that designed by you, customized for your life. It’s goal is to fuel your body with more energy, alertness, and health, so you can get the best slice out of life.


Here’s how:

  • Spend a week writing down what you eat, and jot down it you feel tired afterward. This will help you record the foods that steal energy from your body. Also jot down what foods kept you alert, and energized. These are foods that fuel your day.
  • Add more fruits and veggies! Go google which one’s have the most energy, and then start adding more of those to your meals. Start by researching 3 Vegetables and 3 Fruits. Then play around with some recipes, while still being mindful what in the recipe can cause your energy to dip.
  • Find a workout that you LOVE. It doesn't have to be formal, or at a gym, it just has to get you moving. Like walking your dog. Something you can do daily to add fuel to your body. It can even be dancing in the mirror for 5 min. Have Fun!

​Check out past posts from this series! 


9.22.2015 : Why Ask Why!

9.29.2015: Daily Pick Me Ups!

10.6.2015: Keep The Faith!

10.13.2015: The Magic of Tidying Up! 

10.20.2015: Get Serious

10.27.2015: A Beginners Guide to Reckless Driving For Artists

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A Beginners Guide to Reckless Driving For Artists!


Do you have a Morning Routine?


Coffee usually starts the day for most of us. Me. I’m not a fan of coffee. It’s usually water, juice or tea. Anyway after that, what comes next? Depending on your career, or lifestyle. It could be a hop in the shower, then a commute to work, or some early morning emails, and online browsing. Maybe dropping off your kids to school. Oh and don’t forget breakfast.


This is your morning routine. Weather it was purposeful or not. It’s sets the tone for your day, and gets you going. What happens though, if you slow down and start recognizing patterns in your morning routine. Perhaps your being clumsy with your time, by spending so much of it surfing the web,  and fiddling your emails.


Your routine may be comfortable for you now, but I’d like to know how much time are you spending working on your creative work? Do you wish you had more time for it? Are you waiting until you retire, because then you’ll have lots of time?


Well I know a shortcut. It starts with your morning routine, and until you realize how it impacts your creativity.You’re never going to have enough time for your creative work.



So let’s start by realizing the purpose for a morning routine.


The main goal of a morning routine, is to tap into your brain fuel first thing in the morning. After all, science says that this is the time when your brain is most alert, and it’s willpower it’s highest. So why not use this brain fuel to power your day. That’s why it’s a good idea to add exercise to your day, first thing in the morning. Your willpower is at it’s highest. After that it starts to fade.


The best way to start by asking yourself a few questions every day, and jotting down your answers. I jot my down on notepaper that has a line down the middle. On one side I write today's priorities, and goals, and then below that I’ll write down what I wish I could also do today. On the other side I write people I’m waiting for, and people I need to contact. I also write appointments and meeting below that.



 Here’s how it works.


1. What do I want to accomplish today? Another way of phrasing this is What do I want to succeed at today. Steve Jobs went about it like this.


For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. -S.J.


2. Do I have to contact anyone today?


This starts by listing who you need to contact today, but also who you need to contact to move your goals forwards. Here’s an example.


You’ve made the time to create a new body of artwork, and you’re super thrilled about it. 20 new pieces! These deserve to be seen in a gallery. Where do I start?


Start is by listing the steps that you need to take that'll get your work in a gallery. Weather by researching galleries that mingle with your style of art, and then jotting down who (contact) you need to send samples to.


3. Who I am waiting for. ie. Who am I waiting to hear back from. 


So you’ve reached out to your contacts, and now you’re waiting to hear back from this. Artist often misunderstand this step. They contact someone, and then just wait. Here you wait for a while, then if no one replies after a few weeks or months, “Not Days” deepening on what it's for. You go back to your list, and you reach out again. Not in an aggressive way, but by way of a reminder, like how have you been doing if it’s a friend. Or by sending in a sample of your lastest work.

4. What are my Top 5 have-tos, also know as Priorities?

This is the time to really plan your day, by figuring out what you need to get done, and what you have to get done. . Then after you figure this out. It’s where the magic happens. Below this is where I usually write down what I wish I could do today. If this means being creative for you, or making some Art. Put it here, and be specific about. Like 10 minutes of drawing. Then if you’ve finished all your priorities, do it!

If you find that time still isn’t being nice to you. Then it’s time to add Art and Creativity as one of your top 5 priorities. Minus the excuses. It's not a maybe at this point. It's a have to.

5. What am I grateful for? 

You can start with Three good things that went well for you recently, and how they made you feel.  This allows you to become more positive, sleep better and Yes, even improve your immune system. So express your gratitude daily, and then watch your outlook on life change.


P.S. As fabulous as I like to think I am. Questions 2 and 3 were  recently added to my morning routine. I discovered that the Author and Business Coach Brendon Burchard and I shared a similar mindset when it came to jotting down my goals to plan the day. I however was missing numbers 2, and 3. It was significent because it was the final piece in making my day as an Artist more productive.

Here's the link to his productivity worksheet he talks about in the video. I also still like jotting things down my own way on my pad of paper, so just take what you want from it, and incorporate into what works for you.      P.S. I am in no way an affiliate of Brendons products or business. I just love his thoughts here, wanted to share them with you. 


So what does driving recklessly have to do with making art?

Well being in the drivers seat puts in control of what direction you'd like your creative life to take. You can drive reckless, and never have enough time to spend working on your passion. Don't be reckless with your passion. Start steering it in the right direction. 

I saw a qoute by an unknown author that said. Routine doesn't allow us to progress. 

I believed this a long long time ago. I know better now. Morning routines allow you to be spontaneous, by realizing your goals first thing in the morning to break in your day! 


Here's a peak at my morning routine and the routines of some other famous creatives. 

6:30 a.m:  Wake Up! Tall glass of water, sometimes tea.

It used to be 4:00 a.m., but I discovered that I like to paint at night.

6:45 a.m:  Exercise....Oh yes. I try!

I choose either a cardio, or a strength, if I can’t decide I’ll flip a coin. I also think about benefits of health do I want to work on.

7:00ish: My list.

I  jot down my goals, and priorities for the day, along with everything we talked about in this post.

7:30 a.m: I open my laptop.

I head to my email to reach out to my contacts, and then see if I received any messages back from the people I jotted down on my list.

8:00-9:00 am: I let my rebellous side free! 

I’ll have some me time, and do whatever the heck I want to. It’s how I get procrastination out of my system. I’ll watch a show on netflix or comcast online.. “One” or I’ll go look through my instagram, facebook, or twitter, and maybe post some things. I’ll also eat breakfast. It’s usually a tofu scramble, with broccoli, potatoes, and a vegan or vegetarian sausage. Sometimes even a bagel and tofutti cream cheese. Or a waffle, or vegan french toast. This largely depends if I went grocery shopping. When I haven’t that’s when I grab the flour for waffles or vegan french toast.

9:00 am: I'll start working on my projects and goals for the day! 



Discover how some of the world's greatest minds organized their days.
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Check out past posts from this series! 

9.22.2015: Why Ask Why? 

9.29.2015: Daily Pick Me Ups​

10.6.2015: Keep The Faith

10.13.2015: The Magic of Tidying Up!​

10.20.2015: ​Get Serious

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Get Serious!


Welcome to Part 2 of It’s About Time. The Time Management Blog Series for Artists.


This part of the series is all about navigating our day to day. In order to make time for our creative habits. We have to gain some control over our day. That starts by implementing systems, structures, and routines.


This is far beyond what my past self would had said.Who was a rebel against the notion of structure and creativity being in the same sentence. However back then I was spinning in circles. Yes I reached a few of my goals, but it also took me twice as long, and I never really finished or jumped on projects. It even cost me an opportunity to publish a children’s book with a major publisher. Why, because I didn’t have all my systems, structures, and routines in place. The publisher had loved my picture book dummy, and wanted me to make a few edits in the story, then send it back to them. I never got around to it, and eventually lost the contact information. So I hope you understand, no I need you to understand that this is important.

"The grass is greener where you water it.  "

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We as Artist have to start expecting more for and from ourselves. We have to lay down the myths that exist. That says we’re messy, we’re not financially literate, or that we’re starving. Maybe this is true for some of you. If so, that shouldn’t stop you from making improvements in yourself. It shouldn’t stop you from learning, growing, and advancing your skills. Those myths are excuses we Artist use to justify our shortfalls and bad habits, to say it’s O.K.


Is it O.K. that none of your work ever gets to be seen or  sold. Is it O.K. that you never have time, energy or money to make the art that lays deep within you. Is it O.K. that no one takes your art seriously! It’s not O.K. and until you start taking your Art seriously, no one else will.

"Learn the rules like a Pro, so you can break them like an Artist." -Pablo Picasso

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So this week I’d like you to make a list of excuses you’ve been using to justify your shortfalls bad habits. Then I want you to write an apology letter to your creative self, stating three things you’re going to do to make improvements so you too can move forward more successfully with your art.


Then next week we’re going to dive into a Morning Routine or Ritual that works for you.


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The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up! The KonMari Method!

I know I know, this post is a day late. I had an feline emergency with my cat. All’s well though.


Anyhow, last week we talked about Self Belief, and Accountability in this Time Management Series. We discussed how Keeping The Faith is important in terms of being accountable. Then we asked ourselves,” When are we going to stop looking for others to make us get up and start creating?” If you missed last week’s post. It’s a great read, and if you need to read it again do it! Self Accountability is one of those things that stop creatives from making art, and allows us to make excuses.


Today’s post is all about tidying, and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! It’s a book by Marie Kondo, about the Japanese art of de-cluttering and organizing, which is also called the KonMari Method.


So….What is the KonMari Method?


The KonMari method is a system for cleaning, and letting go. Before discovering this book, and experiencing the KonMari Method for myself. I hadn’t realized how holding onto items not only affected my physical environment, but also my inner and emotional one in terms of my future and how I managed my time. In her book, she asks readers to come face to face with the items they own, by running your hands across them. Clothes, Books, Papers, Office Items,etc. You have to lay the items out all at once, and as you go through them, you have to ask this very intimate question. Does it Spark Joy.


If it doesn’t spark Joy. It’s time to let go.


If you don't love it, Let it free! -Marie Kondo

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If the item brings you bad memories, discomfort in any way, or the reflection of I’ll use this someday. It’s time to let it go. You see, before doing this, I hadn’t realized that holding onto my old junk, was keeping me stuck in a past life that no longer served me. Like an old T-Shirt from High School for instance. You enjoyed and loved it then. But how does it make you feel now? Can you still where it? Would you? Does it even fit! If looking at this t-shirt only brings up thoughts like, what was I thinking, or look at the size I was then. It’s time to let it go. It’s subconsciously holding you back from your tomorrow. That shirt was a part of a past life that no longer serves you. You can thank it, for the joy it brought you, and send it off into a better future. Saying thank you is an important part of the process. Wishing it a new future with someone else, or a rebirth of it through recycling.


You see! In order to move towards our future goals, we’ve got to let go of the past. If you’re surrounding yourself with things that only bring up discomforts, hurts, or insecurities. There won’t be any room for the life you want. The core of the KonMari method is to  live in a space with only the things you love. Surrounding yourself with joy! Opening more space in your physical environment, and more space in you inner environment. Leaving you inner space with more room and time for creativity.

Clutter is a physical manifestation of FEAR that cripples our ability to Grow. H.G. Chissell

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So I ask you today, are you living in a past life? If so, it's time to let go and cleanse yourself of that past. As you let go, thank it, then move on. It's time you start living for today and not yesterday. Weather you believe it or not, clutter really tells the tale of what's going on within us. It might be indecision, procrastination, or needing too much stuff to fill a void inside us.  It's all connected! 



Below I’ve provided some resources to get started with the KonMari Method, and feel free to ask me any questions. There is also a great facebook group that I posted below, that can provide help and support. Just be sure to go through the group’s files, for additional resources.


Also before I go, I wanted to mention that you don’t have to do the KonMari all at once. Marie Kondo has created an order in which to clean . You can follow hers, or mix it up. Some people work on a different sections of it each day. While others like myself, do it once a week, until I get through the order. Bonus, most people who do this just do it once. So cleaning house everyday is a thing of the past. Everything will have a home, and as long as you put things back home. It should be a cinch. 

P.S. Don't worry if you can do it. Just start by reading her book, then do it. As you do this, something really magical does happen in your mind. It changes how you view and experience cleaning for the first time ever, and really makes the process of cleaning joyful.

Clutter represents indecisions. Make a decision and clear the clutter! 

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So. Don’t dismiss this, give it a try. 



Resources:


Purge by Category: The Konmari Order.


  1. Clothing

  2. Books

  3. Papers

  4. Komono: Office/Craft/Studio

  5. Kitchen

  6. Pantry

  7. Utility Room

  8. Kids Room

  9. Bathroom/Laundry Room

  10. Furniture

  11. Animals

  12. Sentimental


Books:

The Magic of Tidying Up (Book)

The Magic of Tidying Up (Kindle Edition)


Spark Joy ( Companion Book)

Spark Joy (Companion Kindle Edition)


Facebook Groups


Konmari Adventures

Konmari Checklist

Konmari Adventures Files

Konmari for Slackers


Tips & Other Articles


Folding by Goop.com, and The Illustrated Guide To The Marie Kondo Folding Method

Don’t Let Your Family See by jdroth.com

Purging the House Can Clear Your Mind by Psychology Today

Lessons Learned by One Kings Lane

Marie Kondo Pinterest Pin Board


Videos


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Keep The Faith

What does “Keep The Faith mean to you? It’s a phrase that doesn’t suit everyone, but it’s important, no matter how you slice it.


Keep The Faith for me means being connected to source ie God, and taking the necessary steps, risks and all, to be a full time working Artist, and it also means believing, and trusting the decisions I make towards developing my art, and business. Weather or not I fall flat on my face. If I decided to burn my boats. It was my decision, and mine alone.



Beyond that this isn't about me or my beliefs, it’s all about our self belief. Procrastination starts in the mind. You heard it said before, What you think about you become & For whatever a man/women thinketh in his hearth, so is he/she.

So last week we learned how important it is to motivate the mind. This week I’m going to talk about how important it is to have faith in ourselves.

Without it, we live in worry, doubt, disbelief, and we keep making the same mistakes over and over and over again!

In a lot of business channels, we look forward to accountability, and finding others to keep us accountable to our goals. You also may have experienced this in weight loss programs.



I’ve spent many years depending on others to keep me on track, to get me to do the work, for MY goals. Can you belief that! Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in accountability systems. But when is it your time to make yourself accountable for creating and following that schedule you put in place? When are you going to make yourself get up in the morning and take that morning walk? Plus when are you going to tell yourself to get your butt in front of that art, you’ve haven’t been working on in ages? Most importantly when are you going to have faith in yourself? 


Instead, we often make excuses, and use phrases like if only. If only I could make it home before 5. If only I didn’t have to drop so and so off at so and so’s house. The truth is that if we really want something to happen in our lives, we’d do anything in our power to make it happen.. ie.Disclaimer….Legally. just saying...


You see the accountability systems, never seemed to work for me, because there wasn’t a driving force of self belief behind them. I doubted my strengths as an Artist. I compared myself to others, and I felt that I couldn’t do it on my own. You may or may not be experiencing this right now. I’m here to tell you, that you have to believe in yourself, in the circumstance of where you are right now.

I will tell you that the table has turned. When I place an accountability post in one of my business groups. I actually do the task now. I don’t avoid it, or procrastinate, because I now believe and know I can do it. I also back it up with my faith in God. I know, it may not be for everyone, but find some type of faith, to keep you moving, when you are down and out. Something that can lift you up, when you don’t feel like sharing your thoughts with others.


The lesson here today, is that accountability comes from within. Accountability partners, and groups are great to get you on board the wagon. At some point though, you’re going to have to change gears, and head towards new pastures. So it’s going to be up to you, to believe that you can mosey on down that pasture with just you and you alone.


So my question for you today is what’s keeping you from not accomplishing your goals?

Make a list, and then take a double take. 

  • Do any of your reasons place blame? 
  • Do you place some blame on others? 
  • How are you going to move past it? 

If you’re looking to manage your time better. You have to find out what’s in the way. Doing this will allow you to find solutions to move past it.


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Why Ask Why?

I’m excited to introduce this new series on Time Management Strategies for Artists. It’s About Time! The series will take place over the next three months in three parts. 

  • In part one, we're going look at how our mindset affects our effort, and how to make improvements.
  • In part two, we're going to take action with morning routines, agendas, and boundaries! 
  • Then later in Part three, I'll share some tools and systems that I use to stay productive. 

Now let's get going! 

Today we’re going to dive into who’s driving procrastination, and why you’re still sitting in the back seat. After leaving my day job. It became really apparent to me, that if I wanted to make a living doing what I love. I had to start changing some habits that were preventing me from moving forward. Habits like sleeping in, surfing the web, and my Netflix marathons. So I started by getting super serious. You know. No pain, No Gain!

I set my alarm clock to 6 am, set a schedule, and I had a plan. Great! I’m on my way! Until week 3 came around, and I started sinking. I began hitting the snooze button a little more, adding 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and even an hour to my sleep time. It was a comedy! Then my schedule fell apart, between the long breaks I started to take during my work time. T.V. started to slowly slip it’s way back into my life. Next I found myself taking days off, or saying things like. Oh...I’ll do that tomorrow...then tomorrow never came. Tasks piled up, and I got really overwhelmed. So much that I felt like a chicken with it’s head cut off.

Why did this happen. I had a plan dammit !

I can do this!

What’s wrong with me!

People are depending on me to get this right!

That was it. That last response. People are depending on me to get it right. I had made tons of plans, but I forgot my Why.

In all my planning I hadn’t dug deep into why I wanted this? and I’m not just talking about why I wanted to make art and why it means so much to me. It’s deeper than that. I’m talking about, if I do this successfully, how will it change my life? and How will it change my families life?

To start. I could pay my bills, contribute more money to the household. I could travel more. I wouldn’t have to always head to the clearance side of the store when I went shopping for clothes anymore. I could go to my studio every single day without worrying about how much gas prices were or wait for a sale. I could give contributions to an organization I care about that I know is struggling. If one of my tires goes flat. I could replace it with a new one, just like that! Or if my car brakes down. I could take it to the shop that day to get it fixed, even better I could walk right on the car lot and pick a new one out..You get the point.

Buddha said. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I believe that starts with our personal world first. In order to effect change. We have to become it. We start by developing our why. Your why is way beyond you and your dreams. It’s the reason that will shake you in the morning to get up to do the work. Even when you tired, defeated or stressed out. Your why is the the switch that’ll help you keep climbing your mountain or better yet...move it out of your way!

So before we can move on to those routines, goals, and strategies. You’ve got to discover your why. We all have one, and if you’re committed to being more productive and managing your time better. You have to start here. Your why will remind you every single time, why you need to do this. Your why will get you re-focused on your goals when you slip back into your old habits. Your why will put you behind the wheel of your goals, and the change you want to see in the world.


Start today by taking a moment to answer these 4 questions, and feel free to post your comments or responses below. Be back next Tuesday! 

  • Why do I want to make art or make a living from it?
  • What 20 things will change in my life if I become successful at doing what I love?
  • How will my actions effect change in the life’s of others and the people I care about the most!
  • What’s your why?

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