Do you like being disorganized? I sure you do not. Were you born organized? Nope. A well organized artist develops and works on positive organizational habits. If you would like to be an organized artist then you need to organize everything from your time to your space. This in turn will make you a happier, more efficient person with the added benefit of reduced stress. Bottom line? You will feel more in control of your everyday.
5 Organizational Habits of Successful Artists
- Keep a to-do-list and prioritize the important stuff.
- Know your schedule and deadlines by placing these on a calendar.
- Schedule breaks so that you don’t burn out.
- Give everything a home so that everything is stored properly.
- Clean regularly. AKA declutter so that you don’t get overwhelmed with a mountain of things to sort.
- Bonus! I know I said 5 habits but I couldn’t resist this super fun and important habit: Reward Yourself. Rewarding yourself when you complete certain tasks will help motivate you to stay organized. Reward yourself with a girls’ night out, time with your grandchild, chocolate or a specialty coffee.
Let me introduce you to an artist who was disorganized and is working hard to become an extremely organized artist. She’s put in a lot of effort and is recognizing that when you work harder, you can enjoy your artistic life with less stress and anxiety. This girl’s got a plan!
An interview with Anna Marie Mead the organized artist:
ArtCoaching for You: What does it mean to be organized as an artist?
Anna Marie: There are many aspect to being organized as an artist. It encompasses much more than organizing your studio, paints, canvases…. It includes things like keeping track of your car mileage and effectively recording it for your taxes, collecting and organizing receipts, setting goals on a timeline and most importantly rewarding yourself when you accomplish your goals.
ArtCoaching for You: Do you think a disorganized artist can become organized?
Anna Marie: I absolutely do! I was probably the most unorganized artist in the universe. It has taken a lot of time and work but I am making progress in my organization and am seeing how it has positively affected my stress level.
ArtCoaching for You: How are you organizing your artistic life?
Anna Marie: I am working with the amazing Kathy Beekman who is slowly but surely helping me realize my goals. I have created a fluid timeline and revisit it each month to ensure my progress as well as make any needed changes.
ArtCoaching for You: How would you compare yourself as an organized artist now to six months ago?
Anna Marie: If I could peek back through time to six months ago and really look at my studio space, my disorganized car, the haphazard way I was keeping receipts and mileage, I would not recognize myself. Now I have a system for my receipts and mileage and I organize my studio every month.
ArtCoaching for You: Do you think it is easy being organized?
Anna Marie: For some, it may be easy, for me it takes a lot of hard work. I used to feel like I was bouncing around like a ball in a pinball machine. I would make many efforts towards being organized but I would become frustrated because it never seemed to work.
ArtCoaching for You: How did you begin getting yourself organized?
Anna Marie: I started simply. I got a spiral mileage record book and kept a pen with it but it would go missing. Then I found the perfect bag to keep in my car that holds the mileage book adn my receipts. It has a Velcro closure so it is quick and easy to access.
ArtCoaching for You: How do you remain organized?
Anna Marie: First I would like to say that I have mastered the organization of mileage and receipts and now have more time to focus on new goals. To keep myself continuously organized, I refer to my calendar where I have blocked in time to work on my timeline, revisit goals, research art shows, block in painting time, etcetera.
ArtCoaching for You: How does it feel to finally be organized?
Anna Marie: I used to feel so overwhelmed and just couldn’t get anywhere in regards to my business goals. Being organized is pure joy!
ArtCoaching for You: What would you suggest to other artists that would like to be better organized in their artistic life?
Anna Marie: First, I would suggest working with an art business coach like Kathy. If they cannot do this, then I would suggest they start small. Prioritize their goals and celebrate each success. Creating good organizational habits will make their life so much happier and productive.
Thanks Anna Marie for shedding light on what it can take to become a better organized and therefore successful artist. It can be so helpful and a great inspiration to hear what is working well in another’s artistic life like your own.
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