I spent the first 4 months as a full time artist learning how to navigate this new unstructured territory.
Before I quit my job in January, I had a LONG list of what I wanted to accomplish with my art biz, and envisioned it would be easy to tackle everything on my list with so much new found time on my hands.
Boy was I in for a reality check, as I shared with you here!
So I spent the first 3 months experimenting with different daily rituals, trying them on for size, constantly tweaking my schedule. Then I read “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, and the final puzzle piece of how to effectively spend my days finally fell into place.
Bottom line – THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I can do right now is ….
… learn new art techniques. Period.
EVERYTHING else takes a back seat.
And this takes time, lots of it.
Creating art seems like such an easy thing to do, yet it is also the easiest thing to put on the back burner. Turns out that was I treating my art-making practice as an optional luxury, and something I would do AFTER all my other ducks were in a row.
Like you, I have A LOT of ducks.
“The One Thing” made me look deep within my soul to find the most important thing to spend my time on, and that by doing this, everything else would be easier, or maybe even unnecessary.
So on April 9th, I made this commitment to myself:
I am blocking out 4 hours a day, Monday-Friday, to develop my skills as an artist, with the overall intention of expanding my unique and inspiring voice. Everything else I want to do with my art biz (blogs, newsletters, Instagram, etc.), comes after I get this one thing done each day.
Now on week two, this simple commitment is already making a huge difference in the speed in which I am learning new artistic skills, and integrating them into what I already know how to create. I suddenly have plenty of time to experiment and play, take workshops, and have fun with art making once again.
And my unique voice is beginning to show her timid self,
one painting and experiment at a time.
To make this type of commitment also means that I have to give something up.
There just isn’t time for ALL I envision doing.
For starters, I’ve decided to post to Instagram every other day, instead of every day. To my surprise, that appears to work equally well. My community isn’t abandoning me while I spend the extra time to make art. Who knew?!
By the way, the picture in this post is one of MANY new paintings I have created with a joy-filled heart in the past couple weeks, and is a direct bi-product of following my “one thing”!
Coming soon – all the juicy details of my new daily schedule, which includes my 4 hour daily commitment.
I’m curious what is YOUR one thing, the thing that by doing it, everything else would be easier or maybe even unnecessary? Please share in the comments below so that we can support each other as we each take our next steps toward our deepest heart’s desire.