The current global crisis makes us focus on what is happening “out there.” It is important to be a good citizen, to stay informed and find ways to help others. Yet it is also a time for reflection and learning. By looking inward we allow ourselves to grow.
As you experience dramatic differences or subtle shifts in your world, notice the positive and negative effects on you. For example, is having more time making you more patient? Are you more relaxed because your days have fewer pressures? If the people around you are driving you crazy, have you found a way to carve out alone time? Are you able to tell your loved ones what you need?
Whatever your circumstances, use this time to discover the real priorities in your life as an artist.
Look at the commitments that used to fill your days, and no longer do. What purpose did they serve? What do you really miss?
Think about the big projects that never seemed to get done, or even started, because you didn’t have time. Maybe you wanted to create a portfolio of images for submission, or learn how to build your Instagram following, or research galleries that would be right for you.
If you are still avoiding that project, even though you now have time to do it, try to understand what’s going on. First, spend a day on the project you’re avoiding. Give it a fair chance to recapture your attention.
Then make a decision: is it time to recommit or let this one go? If you recommit, chunk it down into manageable parts, and work on it an hour a day.
Letting it go might be even more empowering. You may find your real priority in the space that opens up.
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.