As this blog post’s title states, we all got time that’s limited. As a visual artist that usually operates under little time to complete artwork, it is very important to define what you want. I will break them into three areas:
1.Planning/Setting a goal
Planning is the first part in getting a task completed, you have to write it down in concrete terms. An example of this would be seeing your kitchen sink clean with no roaches or mice ( this is a typical problem living in NYC). The main thing is you have to see or visualize the end result. You do not have to think how to get there (the process) . Just write the thing down.
Next, I would also figure out the materials needed to get the task done. In this keeping the kitchen clean example, that would be getting the cleaning supplies.
Scheduling. Okay, so when are you going to start cleaning? Trust me, when you come back from work and see your kitchen sink with roaches sliding down the faucet, you may not want to do it, because you are scared like dickens.That’s another issue all together. Just know that you are not going to feel like cleaning up. This is why you should put a time to just clean, it can be as little as five minutes a day. Make sure you use a stopwatch or set a timer that can also be found on all smartphone devices. Or just get a timer clock from the dollar store nearest you. Once you set your timer, complete the task during the designated time and when that timer buzzes, you stop. Five minutes is short, but if you break it into 1 minute intervals, focusing on an area of the sink each minute. Make each minute count, you’ll be surprised how much you get done in five minutes.
I, myself have implemented a schedule called Power hour even though when I’m dead tired and do not feel like doing anything, to clean, do art and workout just about everyday unless I’m on vacation ( The workout part, that’s not everyday). It is does not have to be done everyday.The main thing is that you are scheduling the task to get your kitchen sink clean.
Deadline. Yes, for me, time is my best accountable partner because I will never see him again so I need to use the time that I set on my schedule. With the deadline, you should also have a motivation for setting it, is it because you want to have people come to your house and hang out once a month? So in this cleaning example, once a month deadline is the goal.
So that’s it for now. Yes, it can be hard being organized working a 9-5 job and having a daily commute of 3 hours total, but it’s doable. If you feel that you need additional motivation, ask a friend to keep you accountable.
By then, you should get the hot diggity dog kitchen sink clean in a month.
As for myself, if you want to see my power hour routines, specifically with my artwork, please feel free to subscribe to The Peephole for behind the scenes footage of me working on my artwork. By doing this, you will get the chance to see bits and pieces of my progress before I unveil it to the public. I’m generally a very private person, so this is huge .
Thank you so much for reading. Stay blessed!
For the love of God and art
Thru His vessel JB