5 KILLER PRODUCTIVITY TIPS FOR ARTISTS!
1. Take time to plan your week
"It’s hard to prioritize weekly goals when you’re living task by task. Sit down and plan out your ideal week - have a vision statement. Seeing your week laid out in front of you can be very revealing. It helps you prioritize what is most important and block out time for those tasks. Remember to be reasonable though, tasks always take longer than you think."
2. Work around your peak creative time
"If you do your best studio work in the afternoon, block that time out for art. Art Biz Coach Alyson Stanfield suggests planning your other tasks like marketing, answering emails, and social media around your peak creative time. Find your rhythm and stick to it."
3. Set a timeframe and take breaks
"Set a time limit on each task and then take a quick break. Working for long interrupted hours can slow down productivity. You can use the Pomodoro Technique - work for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break. Or, work in 90 minute blocks and take 20 minute breaks. And resist the urge to multi-task. It hurts your focus."
4. Use tools to stay organized
"Make good use of the helpful organizational tools out there. ToDoist, for instance, allows you to access your to do list on any device so you’ll always have it on hand. You can keep track of your inventory, contacts, competitions, and sales with Artwork Archive. Knowing where everything is will save you time."
5. Wrap up your day and relax
"Remember these wise words from creative blogger Leigh Medeiros: “The great irony is that when we are more rested and refreshed, we get more done.” Spend 15 minutes wrapping up the day so you’re set for tomorrow. Then, leave work behind. If you live where you work, shut the studio door until the next work day. Enjoy your evening, unwind, and get a good night’s sleep. You’ll be ready to take on tomorrow!"