Selling art online is a business. You must promote, market, write content, engage with your following, and create art. How can one person expect to get it all done in a day? This article touches on productivity killers artists should stay away from so they can accomplish more in less time.
6 Productivity Killers Artists Should Stay Away From
Interruptions throughout the day are inevitable. Unexpected situations will arise and throw a wrench in your game plan.
Those interruptions will be out of your control and you should deal with them as they come.
Other distractions can and should be avoided.
6 Productivity Killers Artists Should Stay Away From
- Incomplete Tasks
- Weak Planning
- Online Distractions
- Unproductive Tasks
- Not Prioritizing
- Being Available
Have you ever put aside a task when it was not completed just start another project?
I am sure most of us can say we have done that one time or another.
Are you finding it happening more often since you started selling art online?
You might even find yourself switching from task A to task B to Task C to find you are never completing a project.
One way you can avoid time killers is by completing one task at a time. Better yet just work on one project at a time.
There will be some projects you will not be able to finish in a set time and you will need to put it aside to start working on a different project for your business.
When this happen to me I put aside the project with a note explaining where I left off and what needs to be done to finish the project.
The next time I start the project, I will have a reminder of what was done and what needs to be done next. This saves me a ton of time trying to figure out what I have to do to finish the job.
I will also take a quick break before I start a new project. This helps me to clear my head from the previous task and focus on what I will need to get done next. Second, getting up and getting the blood moving has many heath benefits. Third, I feel more productive when I take a few minutes to unwind. I can go into the new project relaxed and ready to go.
Many artists and small businesses fail because of poor planning. It is vital to the success of your business to have well thought out plans.
A well thought out plan does not mean it will be the “perfect” plan. In fact, there is no such thing as the perfect plan. This is the point where most people stop or give up.
There is no such thing as a perfect plan.
Your plans will only be as good as they can be at the time of writing them. The strategy becomes more productive when you start receiving data. The information you gather will explain in full detail what steps you will take next.
The best way for you to start writing a plan is to understand what you would like to accomplish and write steps that you will need to take to in order for you to reach your goals.
The first plan you write will not bring you directly to the finish line. The first plan is the start, the beginning of the journey.
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We are living in a time where you can generate revenue by selling your art to people you have never met before. It is amazing just thinking about it.
Even though it is amazing what we can do with technology there is a negative.
It is so easy for people to get distracted by searching for content instantly from their PC or mobile devices.
How many times have you found yourself losing valuable time scrolling down a newsfeed?
Was it business related or where you just wasting time?
We have all become victims of this silent time killer. The videos, the beautiful images, the funny quotes make it easy for us to lose track of what is happening around us.
The best way for you to avoid this is by being aware of when it is happening.
There will be many times when it happens. Become aware of what you are doing and stop. The funny videos and images you are looking at will still be there when you are done working.
In time, you will start to realize you are not becoming lost in the social media frenzy wasting time while you are working.
You can play when your work is done.
Spending time on social media sites will be a large part of your art marketing plan. The best way to stay productive is to have a plan, accomplish the task, then get off the site.
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How many times do you get caught up doing something that is not productive?
What I mean by that is, how many times do you do something that will not bring you closer to your goals?
Here is an example.
If you are spending an hour a day marketing on Facebook with nothing in return, you are wasting your time. It is an unproductive task.
You might get a few likes, shares, and comments here and there but what is that really accomplishing?
Sure it feels good when someone gives you a compliment but is it helping you pay your bills?
You want to put all of your efforts into something that will pay off. Something that will benefit your business. Something the will help you to generate a sale.
In the beginning, you will not know what jobs will produce the best results. That will take some time to figure out.
When you realize you are spending a lot of time for nothing in return, stop doing it and focus on something else.
We all do things that come easily to us, and we all put-off things that are difficult or not as pleasing.
Unfortunately, all of the things that come easily to you might not be the most productive tasks.
There will be things that you will have to do in order for you to be successful selling art.
One way I have overcome this is by prioritizing my tasks throughout the day. I have the most important tasks written down first, or the best time for me to accomplish them.
When it is time for me to do that job, I do it and get it done. It is that simple. I do it, so then I do not have to think about it again until the next time that job has to get done.
Take some time to make a to-do list every day. It only takes a few minutes to write down what needs to be done, but the list will help you not to procrastinate.
It is not easy to run a business, never mind doing it all by yourself. However, it can be very rewarding.
There are more than just theses 6 productivity killers artists should stay away from, but it is a good start.
You might also be interested in:
- How to Write a Content Marketing Plan That Increases Art Sales
- Power of Procrastination – Killing Your Dreams
- Art Marketing Basics – Keep Your Plan Simple
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