I love blogging. I don’t love the new WordPress “block editor”, but never mind that. I suppose, in time, I’ll get used to it.
As a fairly well-seasoned blogger now — Artistcoveries has been around since March 2016 — I not only love writing and posting, but also traveling around the blogosphere and finding awesome new blogs. I’ve made many good friends that way, and I’m always happy to share any advice or inspiration I can with others.
A few days ago I discovered Tips and Beyond, a fairly new blog that offers ideas for success, self-esteem, and more. Unlike a lot of blogs with long-winded posts about what to do or not to do, Tips and Beyond gives you information you need in a short, sweet, simple, succinct way. I love it.
I was especially taken by a recent post about organization. My studio, you see, has once again become a disaster area. My husband is working on the spa. I’m trying to sort out my arts and crafts areas and make them more accessible. As usual, I have several projects going on. So, I eagerly read the tips about how we can stay organized even when we’re busy.
Here are the six simple tips you need to know:
- Write down everything
- Make a schedule
- Make and keep deadlines
- Don’t procrastinate
- Know where to discard items
- Keep only what you need
Now, at the risk of letting this turn into one of those long-winded posts, I want to add a few quick thoughts about these six tips.
Yes, write things down. The busier I am, the more I need to follow this tip. While I’m working in the studio, I’m also juggling regular “housewife” duties — keeping track of grocery-list items, remembering dates for my husband’s visits to the retinologist, making note of dates for art club meetings. I haven’t been attending our meetings due to the pandemic, but I still keep in touch with members and follow along with activities.
Yes, too, on having a schedule. I’ve been through a lot of overwhelm lately with art, so for me, this is especially important now. I’ve gotten into the habit of writing down my daily to-do list each morning. Checking items off one by one gives me a sense of satisfaction.
Deadlines? Well, yes, no, and maybe. If you have projects that need deadlines, it’s a good idea to stay aware of them. For my personal projects and practices, I don’t like a lot of hard-and-fast deadlines. I keep in mind, though, what I want to accomplish and I do set rather relaxed deadlines. Giving myself a bit of breathing room helps me stay calm when life gets too hectic. I’d add to this that it’s about priorities. Focus on what’s most important.
Procrastination? We all know how to beat that, don’t we? Just dive in and do whatever needs to be done. Even if you’re not “in the mood” to be creative, jump in anyway. As often as not creativity comes as soon as we start working on a project.
It was the next two items on the list that really helped me. They go hand-in-hand. Know where to discard things and keep only what you need.
This was exactly what I needed to hear, exactly when I needed to hear it. Earlier I’d been fussing about the mess in my studio, but I’ve been so busy when would I ever have time to clean it up? My husband had even brought home a new trashcan — just for my art studio — so now I have no excuse. I know where to discard things!
I’ll admit to keeping a lot of things I don’t need — because I’m using lots of left-overs for my art journal project — but I’m working on tossing out things that truly have no purpose.
I know I’ll never have a neatly-organized art studio, but I can do better than I have in the past. Even when I’m busy, I can follow these tips and make my studio a place where I can find what I need, and do what I love.