Explore something new every day for a week.
• Try cooking a new recipe you have never cooked before
• Read a book in a different genre then you normally do
• Drive a new route to a common destination
• Listen to a new style music
It does not matter what you do differently, you just want to stretch yourself to think and act differently. It will open you up to new possibilities, get your creative juices flowing, and you may find you like theses new options.
What are some other ideas of something you could do differently?
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Check out these Etsy shops for unique ways to give Mom flowers this year.
Mom's don't forget sometimes you need to buy flowers for yourself.
Buy your Mother something special this year, buy handmade!
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
I joined a pool called V&A -find, make, wear, which happens to be Flickr group set up by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Well a couple of weeks ago the museum contacted me about adding the two necklaces in this post to a permanent page on their website. When they choose the pieces there were 718 entries and only 28 spots on the page, I was thrilled to have been chosen. The page went live this week and you can check out all the cool items that were chosen.
I am excited to be part of this project, and I will keep you posted about future projects.
You never know what can happen on Flickr.
As I was reading my online newsletters and came across Carve out Time for Online Networking by Alyson B. Stanfield of ArtBizCoach.com, which has some good tips for making time for your online networking. This is a section of the newsletter, you can read the entire newsletter at Art Biz Coach.com.
Carve out Time for Online Networking
In order to avoid being overwhelmed by all of the social media opportunities available, you might be best served by carving out time for them, This isn't something you do in a block of time one day a week. Instead, you need to do a little bit every day. I suggest starting with 15 - 30 minutes a day for logging in to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. That's enough to create and maintain a presence.
You could spend longer on these sites, but I advise you to monitor your time. It's easy to get caught up in other people's tweets, questions, and photos. Whenever you catch yourself doing this, stop and remember that you only have 15 - 30 minutes. Ask yourself: Do I really need to spend time on this right now? Is it the best use of my time? This awareness will pull you back to reality and what is most important for your art business.
Tara Reed of Art Licensing Info has a Twitter philosophy to reduce your stress about this fast-paced site. She calls it the "Zen of Twitter".
It's perfect, and it might easily be applied to Facebook and Linkedin. Look only at what's on the screen. There's no need to dig for older posts.
In carving out time in your schedule for online networking, select a time of day that is best for you and your working rhythms. For instance, if your best creative time is 9 am to noon, don't spend your time on the computer during those hours--unless you use the computer to make your art! One last piece of sage advice is to use a timer. Set your timer to the minutes you have allotted and spend no more time than that. It's amazing what you can accomplish under the pressure of an anticipated buzzer.
Copyright 2009 Alyson B. Stanfield. Alyson takes the mystery out of marketing your art and making more money as an artist. Visit http://www.artbizcoach.com to get articles just like this one delivered to your inbox.
Determine your peak productivity time based on your energy cycle and habits. Schedule the things that need to get done during your peak energy cycle and then add everything else. I am a morning person, so I do as much as I can on my computer and in my studio before 3:00 pm and pack up orders, take photo's, and respond to e-mails after that. I know my Mom is a night person and does most of her work after 10 pm.
What time of the day do you have the most energy?
Know in advance what you want to accomplish. Break down what needs to get done into manageable steps so at the end of your work session you can see results. I usually write a list before I go to bed, so I know what I want to get done the next day. It helps keep me on track, so my day does not get away from me, which is easy when you work on the computer which has lots of distractions.
Does a to-do list help you?
Prepare your workspace for the next day. When you are done for the day it may be easy to just leave things all over, but you will accomplish more if you start your day with a prepared work area. This is the hardest for me, because I like to create in a little bit of chaos, but I do put away papers and pull out projects in my office area, so I am ready to go the next day.
How do you prepare your workspace?
These are some simple ideas to help organize your day. There are many resources online about time management try google.com and hundreds of book on the subject, check out amazon.com for more information.
I hope you find the time you need to be most productive during the day.
This candle holder is like getting an original painting with a candle.
The Paintings in this shop draw you in that you are going to want one in every room of your house.
There are wonderful items on 1000 Markets, stop by and find a unique Mothers Day gift for your mom.
Here are a couple of new pieces I will be adding next week.
Lots of new items to come as we get ready for Mother's Day.
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Men like to shop online. It's convenient and a time saver. They can do their hunt on their time and buy when they are ready. Men don't care much about policy's or customer feedback, they want detailed information about the product they are purchasing and to know what it's going to do for them.
Washer and Leather Money Clip (coming soon) Additionsstyle