Many artists live in a perpetual now, where every task on the horizon seems equally important. You have lots to do, but don’t know where to start.
A helpful first step is to get the jumble of must-do tasks out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Here’s an example from a mid-career artist who was facing multiple challenges:
In the mind of an artist, everything has to happen at once, and each item seems equally important. Instead of jumping in to get things done, see if you can find a natural order. Turn your anxiety into positive energy. Use these questions to sort through your list.
Such questions helped our mid-career artist make sense of her jumble. By delegating two things, postponing another, and making a step-by-step sequence of what had to happen in the next two weeks, she found a path forward.
So when you’re facing a time crunch, stop and think. Sort out your list into manageable tasks. Organize by deadline, let some things go, and create your own simple plan.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.