I'm curious about time management in the arts world... Mine is terrible. I'm wondering if there are other "terrible time managers" out there that are struggling to shape up before they end up shipping out...
I've been told that artists, perhaps more than anyone else, have to impose a sense of structure on themselves in order to get anything done. Art, ironically, may seem like a creative, no holds barred free-for-all on the surface, but it's far from that in reality. A lifestyle that may seem to have no rules, no bosses, and no time clocks is actually filled with them--but they're all self-imposed.
A lot of outsiders may think that an artist simply lounges around in their studio "playing". But what they consider "play" is actually diligent attention to the task at hand. Scheduling those tasks, estimating their completion time, and forcing one's self to get up at a regular time to make that "play" part of a regular routine... That's a lot of work. Allowing yourself as the artist to "be your own boss" is tough--you have to be tough on yourself sometimes. Because no one else will be until the bills come due, and that's not a lesson one wants to learn...
And I struggle with this. Intellectually, I know this information. But in practice it's a lot easier said than done.
I think I have to start with the small things. Like going to bed at a decent time and waking up regularly. I'm not a morning person, but not getting my day started until mid-morning means that I am up late. Plus, lunch and dinner are "distractions" that eat away my work time because my work time is later than usual. So, I think my first baby step is making myself stick to the structure of a schedule.
And I think motivation is the key. I have to "want it" badly enough that I will do it. I need it badly enough.
Anyone else have struggles like this?
Until next time, Live Life with Relish!
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