Each of us has our own special moments that trigger this feeling, but we share a common goal of beating this time robber.
When it happens to me, I realize that I skipped an important part of my work day... planning ahead! Not doing this allows the doubt to creep in ...very unbusiness like days then ensue. My focus is lost and instead of painting or doing the things that propel my work forward..the distraction of housework, yard work or errands take over beyond their importance. It is not that these thing don't need attention ..but they are not my business. Remember my mantra from my post of 8/19? This is my business!
Now, I'm not highly organized but I do have a pattern of habits that has seen me through the worst of these moments. :
- before ending my day, I leave the start of a new piece of work on my desk...even if it is simply a quick sketch or wash of color. This gives me a quick start for a creative day .
- an article to read as I have my coffee. My learning curve has a slow but steady base.
- I choose a deadline for ...something, anything art related. I can end my day feeling that I've accomplished a goal.
- listen to a podcast,view a demonstration video,read a blog by an artist or about art marketing. We encourage each other this way.
Lol! When all this fails ..and it does...I connect with a friend, have a laugh, twitter or FB for (a few minutes..thank you!) and know, not doubt, that tomorrow I will paint again. This is my business! What's yours?