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Are their days that you feel like you have worked so hard and accomplished nothing? Do you find yourself easily distracted? In this post, you will discover how prioritizing your lists will help you to sell original art online in less time.
Sell Original Art Online By Prioritizing Your Lists
What are two things you can do to increase your art sale?
The two ways you can increase your art sales is by creating more art and become better at marketing your art online.
It sounds easy, doesn’t it?
It actually is if you take a second and think about it. The challenging part is to find time during the day to accomplish what needs to get done.
Today I would like to share with you some tips I have learned along the way that make my days a little less stressful.
The first question I would like to ask you is “Do you use a to-do list?”
If you don’t you probably find your self-frustrated because nothing seems to get done.
I know this feeling because when I started selling art online I felt the same way. I was already working two jobs and I was trying to learn how to sell art online at the same time. This was before Facebook was born just to give you a timeline.
It did not take long before I felt like I was over my head. I felt frustrated, discouraged and like there was not enough time in the day to get everything done.
The reality was I was not getting anything done because I did not have a plan I was just doing things that would pop-up in my mind at any given moment. I was like a dog being distracted by a squirrel.
Needless to say, this was the wrong way to start an art business.
I remember one day reading how entrepreneurs used to-do lists to be more productive with their time.
What I was doing at the time was not working so I decided to give it a try.
I started to create lists of things that I wanted to accomplish throughout the day.
Little did I know that my lists would soon become so long that there would be no way I could accomplish everything I had written in a week never mind a day.
Again I found myself feeling anxious, stressed and discouraged.
I had a dream of starting an online art business but I was struggling with managing my time properly.
The good news is that I never gave up. It was a long ride but I stuck with it and I have learned so much during those years and that brings us to today’s post.
Today I want to talk about how to write to-do lists that will be more effective and will help you to grow your art business quicker.
Prioritize Your To-Do List
The first thing that you will want to do is decide how much time during the day you can devote to your art business.
I need you to be honest.
If you can only put in a half an hour a day that is fine if you can spend 4 hours a day that is fine too. Whatever works best for you is the correct answer.
You have to be accurate with the time you can spend on your art business or your to-do list will do nothing but create extra stress in your life.
Our objective is to reduce stress, have you accomplish more in less time and help you to grow your business quicker.
After you have decided how much time you can block off during the day you will want to decide how many projects you can accomplish during that time.
Again I need you to be realistic here.
If it takes you 4 hours to finish a painting do not schedule that project to be done in an hour.
The last step is to decide what the most important tasks are.
This step is important because you only want to be spending your energy on projects that will produce results.
Your daily to-do list should only be filled with urgent tasks that you must accomplish today or in the near future.
Remember to be realistic with your time and only put down projects that will help you to grow your art business faster.
It is ok to split a task into two or three days.
As your art business grows you are going to find yourself saying “maybe I should try this” or “I would like to do that”.
For example, maybe there will be a time when you would like to sell art pints online or learn how to sell paintings to hotels.
Maybe you would like to teach group classes or create an online course.
The opportunities that will arise are endless.
The problem you will face if you are not careful is that you will find yourself working on too many projects at one time and you will be harming your business instead of helping it.
This happened to me when I started. I was so hungry to succeed I would do anything and everything that would help me to build my online art business. Before I knew it I was working around the clock 7 days a week including holidays.
I had to take a step back and figure out what my priorities where.
I had to ask myself the tough question, “What strategies are making me money today and what should I put on the back-burner for a different day?”
I want you to ask yourself the same question.
The projects that are making you money now should be on your daily to-do list and all other projects should be placed on your “someday list”.
The last list I would like to talk about is as important or more important than your daily to-do list.
This is a list of things that do not work and I call it the “discard list“.
One way you can easily free up some time is to stop doing jobs that are not working for you.
For example, if your goal is to sell 4 paintings online every month and you are spending 10 hours a week on Facebook to only receive “likes” you are wasting your time. Those 10 hours can be spent on other projects that will help you to reach your goals.
Do not fall victim of “everyone else is doing it so I should be doing it too.”
Discover what is working for you and discard what is not working and don’t forget to put it on the “discard list“.
This list will prevent you from repeating strategies that are not productive for your unique goals.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. What separates successful people from unsuccessful people is deciding on what to do in those 24 hours.
Take a few minutes to decide what is important for you, how much time you can devote to your art business and prioritize your to-do list with projects that will produce the best results.
Sell Original Art Online By Prioritizing Your Lists Overview:
- Prioritize Your To-do List
- Someday List
- Discard List
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