In this episode we’ll talk about artistic project management, and how to efficiently manage your time as an artist!
My “History” of Productivity
In this episode I explain how I got started with my art business.
In the beginning I didn’t have a clear vision of what I want to do and achieve. Ands so, I was working on specific projects.
The first projects I worked on were my early books. I had a one track mind back then, and would often work on that project for 12+ hours a day.
Later on I started developing a clearer vision of my mission, and the type of work I want to do in this world. This inevitably created a multitude of tasks, goals, projects and products I had to tackle.
Merging Similar Tasks
One of the most efficient “tricks” I found was to merge similar tasks together.
I discovered this by accident. While I was working on writing and illustrating one of my books, I realized it takes some time to “warm-up” to the task at hand.
So I discovered it would take me around 15 minutes to really get in the groove of writing. I also found out that the more I stick with it, the faster I become and the more coherent my ideas become as well.
This led to an important understanding. When you are already immersed in a task – BETTER KEEP AT IT for as long as possible.
This also needs to be put in the context of your entire work day as well. How much time CAN YOU afford to spend on this particular task? How important is it? How urgent?
My Productivity So Far in 2018
I also briefly discuss wrapping-up 2017 and my productivity up to the point of recording the episode – for 2018.
2017 was great for me. It was a year of clarity. A year of defining my mission and sticking to it.
I can honestly say I have no regrets for 2017. This is a huge source of motivation for me in general – having no regrets.
In this episode we talked about Piet Mondrian. He was a very well known Dutch painter and theoretician.
He is most famous for his works revolving squares in different colors and compositions.
He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
What I love about artists like him is that they HAVE THE ABILITY to paint realistically, if they choose to. But they deliberately choose their impressionistic, figurative or abstract style.
They don’t go for abstract due to lack of ability (not to say artist who do abstract have no abilities, but it seems like the skill set of painting realistically requires SO MANY additional skills).
They go for abstract because they are genuinely exploring different territories, and expressing complex ideas and thoughts using their art.
And this is it for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it!
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