My schedule is always full. Always very busy – even when I try to keep things free. It’s like a bowl that gets filled with things then water comes rushing in to fill every available space. I never just “have time” – I have to MAKE time.Knowing my dramatic propensity to procrastinate, I am making a plan. It involves a lot of items on a couple of spreadsheets. Every little thing is broken down into manageable steps. Every thing with a deadline. I also went and found myself an accountability coach, an individual I can report to and who will keep me on track. She is the best cheerleader, tough as nails, detail oriented, and a dear friend.
If you need an art coach:
I highly recommend her if you need help identifying your goals and direction, or basically anything to do with advancing your art career. She is a woman who knows how to get things done and can help you become that too. No – she didn’t ask me to tell you this. If you have questions – ask her. Or ask me.
What are some of the things on my plan?
- write drafts of theme.
- sketch exhibit possibilities
- contact poet
- make model
- measure cases
- research supplies – finished scarf blanks for cases?
- research supplies – do I want an actual millstone for the exhibit?
- inventory fabric
- inventory quilts
- dye fabric
- order fabric
- cut and hem organza
- start quilt 1
These are really just a very few of the things that are on my list. But each has a deadline and concrete steps. It makes for a much less panic-inducing process to see one small thing you can accomplish at a time, rather than thinking about the whole overwhelming conglomeration of tasks that must be done. I’ve made sure to schedule in the time that won’t be available while I travel or prep for classes and work on other projects that are already in the works. I’ve also promised myself to guard my time vigorously – no new projects.
If you are working toward a solo show:
Make a plan with manageable steps.
Give each step a deadline.