Artistic careers depend on personal productivity. You can develop your personal productivity to guide your artistic career using 7 easy steps!
As you scurry about trying to find the most productive path, take into consideration that there just may be a simple, organized path to reach your destination.
Your life may be like mine; I have a family, belong to several organizations, and love to garden and travel, as well as paint pictures of places I’ve been. The list goes on and on! Having many interests and commitments makes the use of a personal productivity guide even more important.
7 Steps to Promote Your Personal Productivity:
You may have the idea that artists with few personal productivity goals paint pictures as beautiful as the artists that are truly structured and productive. This would be a correct assumption – but having these guidelines will help you spend more time productively, enjoying your creativity and advancing your career:
1. A Neat Work Space = Greater Creativity
What can be more frustrating than being inspired to create, and not being finding essential supplies? If you make a habit of organizing your space after you finish your creative effort, you can step in any time and get right back to work.
2. Arrange Your Studio to Accommodate Each Medium You Use.
Always having the right supplies at the right table greatly increases your productivity. For instance, I’m inspired to paint in several different mediums. Each medium needs a different set-up. Oils are usually painted while standing at an easel, Watercolors can also be painted while standing but the paper should be lying on a flat surface. Pastels call for a totally different set-up, as they require a very smooth surface and much preparation. By giving each medium a dedicated area, you can step in and use whichever technique you want right away!
3. Create an Overflow Space.
Another helpful way to increase your personal productivity is to have an overflow space. An extra room with shelves that are organized is a great help. This serves you well in that when there is time to be creative, the supplies are ready.
4. Know in Advance Which Supplies You Will Need.
No more rushing here and there finding supplies when you only have a short period of time to create! Consider creating a checklist with supplies you use frequently and need to replenish. Always have a printout of this list to check off when you run out of tubes of paint, etc.
5. Keep Inspired and Informed.
Here are a few ways you can energize your creative time:
- When traveling about in your car, listen to information that motivates and inspires.
- In the studio, listen to music as you create.
- Make your own personal productivity MP3 files to reinforce goals you’ve set and new ones recently added. There are many free tele-seminar sites that record as an MP3. Make your productivity guide easy to listen to wherever you are.
6. Create Clear Goals and Include a Timeline.
Successful artists have good time management skills to use along with their personal productivity guide. Think of the opposite of using your guide, and it will be easy to see that your artistic career seems to stall. Not having a productivity plan may slow you down so much that your goals seem to be just beyond reach.
- Create special personal productivity goals to benefit your artistic career.
- Being organized begins with making a schedule of the artistic activities central to your career and your creativity. Set a deadline for each of these goals.
7. Coordinate All Your Plans in a Single Planner or Calendar
- No more missed club meetings because the date was forgotten!
- You’ve learned the importance of knowing where your materials are. It’s also a good idea to learn how to estimate how long it will take to complete a project. It makes it that much easier to schedule in time for your creative work, and know that you can spend it creating just what you have in mind.
Take the time to create and use your personal productivity guide. Follow along and implement these suggestions for a more organized studio and life. You’ll enjoy happier time at work, and a more successful artistic career!