So I made a list of all of the various art related activities I participate in. I then analyzed what I would consider making actual art, what supports making actual art, and what is really business related. I then rated each activity on how much I enjoy doing it (on a scale of 1-3) and how much time I am spending on it (again on a scale of 1-3). I’ve created a sample table to show you what I mean.
Here are just a few of the “aha” moments that occurred to me during this process:· There are several “making actual art” activities that I really do not enjoy, find boring, or find that they are just not as enjoyable as I once thought they were. So guess what art related materials are on the top of the list for my next art studio purge?
· I am spending far too much time on supportive and business activities and not nearly enough time on making actual art. This is reducing my overall passion for art (which is reducing my overall energy for art, supportive, and business related activities as whole). Am I procrastinating in making actual art by spending too much time on supportive (but not really productive) activities? I need to spend some additional time reflecting.
· I need to get back to making actual art and either delegate (aka pay someone else to do it) or just be okay with quitting any activities that don’t bring me joy.
After reviewing my list and “aha” moments at length and really analyzing how much my time is worth, I determined that it is time to hire a personal/art/marketing assistant to focus on activities that, a) don’t bring me any joy, and b) don’t absolutely have to be done by me.
I drafted a basic job description and in doing so came to realize that it was a perfect first job for my teenager. So he is now assisting me a few hours a week. Just this past weekend I had him prepare and organize all of my class materials for some upcoming Paint&Sip classes. He did a fantastic job, and I gained back 2 hours that I could instead devote to making actual art. Money well spent!
But most importantly, taking those activities off my plate (and my heart!)….priceless!
Have you made a list of activities and considered what your time is worth? What strategies do you use to focus on those activities that bring you joy?