Are you becoming frustrated because you feel there is not enough time to create and sell your artwork? Are you feeling overwhelmed because you can not finish any art projects? In this post, you will discover some excellent time management strategies that will help you to achieve your artist goals.
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Time Management Strategies For The Working Artists
By the end of this post, you will know…
- What is time management
- Why is time management important
- How to manage time
- Time management tips
I have been self-employed for over 20 years, and I am always looking for different ways to grow my art business.
Trying different strategies means more time invested in the business.
Before I learned about time management, I was working over a hundred hours a week, and that lasted for about 5 years.
I worked over a hundred hours every week with no vacations.
Looking back at it now, I do not know how I did it. The only thing that kept me going was a goal to build a successful art business.
One day it hit me. I knew that if I wanted to reach the goals, I had to become more efficient with my time and enjoy other things in life, like my family. It was a challenge, but in time, I created better daily habits, which allowed me to achieve more in less time.
I was working smarter, not harder.
Now I am always searching for ways to accomplish more while leaving extra time for family.
In this post, I am going to share with you some things I have learned over the years that have helped me to continue to grow my art business while still having time to enjoy what matters in life, my family.
What Is Time Management
Before you can become more efficient with your time, you have to understand what time management is.
Good time management allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, which leads to more free time, which lets you take advantage of learning opportunities, lowers your stress, and helps you focus, which leads to more career success. Each benefit of time management improves another aspect of your life. (Source: AppointmentPlus)
For example, when package and ship my art, I have time blocked off during the week to do just that.
In the past, when I sold artwork, I was so excited that I would stop what I was doing, package the art, and drive down to the post office.
You can easily see that this waisted a significant amount of time.
During that time, I could not see how much time I was waisting, but when I was learning about time management, I learned about blocking off time for specific projects.
Now I packaged sold artwork three times a week and schedule the post office to pick up the packages for me.
The time I save is put to other important projects that grow my art business.
Why Is Time Management Important
Leon Ho explains why time management is important.
- Do more with less
- Make work fulfilling and life meaningful
- End indecisiveness
- Achieve goals faster
- Boost confidence
- Have more energy to achieve more
- Make more time to do the things you love
- Reduce stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed
To learn more visit The Importance Of Time Management: Why It Matters
Most artists work a full-time job or several part-time jobs to supplement their income while they are trying to build their art business.
Whether you are selling your art on the side or have a career selling art, you know how much time it takes to create art, promote your art, and package and ship the product.
There is a lot that goes into selling art online and offline.
An artist to-do-list consists of:
- Creating art
- Photographing art
- Uploading the artwork on an artist website and social media platforms
- Building relationships with potential buyers
- Sending newsletters
- Answering emails
- Engaging on social media
- Packaging and shipping items
- purchasing supplies
- cleaning supplies
- And the list goes on…
So how can you get everything done while working a different job and still have time to live?
You can do it by becoming more efficient with your time and build better daily habits.
How To Manage Time
Learning how to manage time starts with knowing:
- How you are utilizing your time
- How many chores you have per day
- How many hours you are working
- How long it takes to get particular jobs done
- What you would like to accomplish in a day
Once you have a clear picture of your day’s objectives, you will be able to develop time management strategies that will help you to get more done in less time.
The first step is to know what your objectives are.
After you have your goals documented you can start to develop plans that will help you to achieve your objectives.
Time Management Tips
John Rampton shares 20 time management tips to help manipulate time in a post on Forbes.com
- Create a time audit
- Set a time limit to each task
- Use a to-do-list
- Plan ahead
- Spend your mornings on MITs
- Learn to delegate
- Eliminate half-work
- Change your schedule
- Leave a buffer
- Get organized
- Follow the 80-20 rule
- Use an online calendar
- Stop being perfect
- Just say “no”
- Instill keystone habits
- Don’t waste time waiting
- Find inspiration
- Batch similar tasks together
- Do less
To learn more visit Manipulate Time With These Powerful 20 Time Management Tips
Batching projects and setting a time limit for each job has helped me to be more productive and efficient with my time.
For example, as I have mentioned earlier, I package and ship sold items together on specific days instead of every time a sale comes in.
I schedule out the upcoming week every Sunday. When Monday comes, I know exactly what I have to do.
You will learn along the way what works best for you.
Everyone has different priorities and responsibilities. So what works best for me might not be the best solution for you.
The best way to be more productive with your time is to strive to get more done in less time.
Analyze your strategies and see if there is a way to make them better.
Build daily habits that will help you to manage your time better.
Conclusion: Creating and selling art take a lot of hard work.
Learning and applying the Time Management Strategies For The Working Artists will help you to achieve your goals.
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