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Thursday, August 18, 2011

How to Multi-Task in the Studio

It seems like lately when I finally get to the studio (and this seems to take longer and longer every day as chores and taking care of household stuff, the dog, the cats, etc. seems to grow more demanding and time more fleeting)...I feel like I'm spinning in circles because there are so many tasks to work on, so many irons in the fire, all of them urgent or at least important.  So lately, since this is how it is happening, I let myself spin around the room.  Today for example, I quickly wrapped and packed up some glass for a customer and dropped it to the post office.  Got back and took pictures of artwork for several art shows, chatted with guests that stopped by my studio, packed up some artwork to take to a new art center this weekend, wire-wrapped and cleaned up several glass barrettes, gessoed some altered books, ground some glass cabochons, took photos for a glass article I'm writing for November, worked on some brainstorming for an upcoming art show I need some ideas for, and attended a meeting with seven other artists to brainstorm ways to promote the art center and our artworks. 

So my solution for multi-tasking?  Look around the room and see what needs to be done.  Do what can be done, leave what needs to dry to dry or cure to cure or cool to cool, let in-progress pieces simmer until the "next step" is revealed.  Don't sweat it.  Don't get overwhelmed.  Take time to really talk (and listen to) visitors, other artists and friends.  Spend time with those you love. 

It's all part of the whole and every thing I do today builds for the completion and successes for tomorrow.  Each piece is important, even if I only get a small part done at a time.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

How to keep up with it all

Well, I've got three out of five studios consolidated--still have the collage/sewing space and the glass studio to move to my main studio space...so while I'm taking a pause to figure out HOW I'm going to get all the rest of what I have to fit in the already exploding at the seems new studio, I've been exploring Etsy and finally, finally, finally after two years as a member there, getting some items posted.  Now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed when I realize that it is yet another thing to keep up with.  What do I have to do, have a little morning or evening ritual where I a) check and respond to emails b) write my blog c) post items on Etsy and handle any transactions d) check my website and handle any transactions e) keep up with my facebook and f) tweet.  That takes up the morning hours at least.  And what happens if I don't have the TIME to take hours to do all of this?  How do I keep up, keep current and keep things fresh?  If I miss a day, does it become like a diet where it becomes a guilty thing and I avoid the exercise and eat the donut?  HELP.  I'm feeling so overwhelmed with the demands of our technology littered society and the networking opportunities.  When does anyone have time to do anything else, most importantly, actually speak live with other people and artisans?????  I'm going to sleep.  I just realized I can't face this now and since I've Etsy'd and blogged and checked my email, three out of six isn't bad.  That's operating at 50%.  *sigh*  Time to make the donuts.