Making Flighty Work...
It seems that flighty and creative often go hand-in-hand and while there are moments where it can be endearing, much of the time flighty is a hindrance to running a business. I'm probably rambling here in order to better understand my own relationship with that magical land of daydreams that I so easily float off to that makes me appear so very scatter-brained here earth-side. Time management is a serious topic in my "Fury's better judgement lecturing Fury inside of her own head" space. Business, marketing, networking, blogging, photographing, crafting/creating all get mixed and mashed together creating the stew of my brand identity and there I stand, stirring... thinking, "la dee da... I just want to make pretty things and help others find the courage to make pretty things". I'm easily distracted by, you guessed it, pretty things!
But the mere mention of schedules sends me into a panic! There is certainly a rhythm to our lives but I don't do schedules. That's not to say I dont do scheduled things, I just keep it loosey-goosey so no one gets grumpy. Besides creative little flighty me, there are too many kiddos in this house to expect to keep a schedule, to expect to keep to anything less dynamic than a gentle flow.
What's an artist to do?! I decided upon a compromise with my creative self. I know the creative work that needs to get done; photographs, art pieces, commissions, blogging.. and I know when I've got both the physical space and the head space to do some of it. I pick whatever task strikes my fancy at the moment and I get to work.
I have a tendency to bounce from one project to another, just flitting about. I'll start laying paint and then before I know it I'm sitting in front of my computer editing photos. For me, part of making the flighty work is gaining the ability to modulate and moderate it's presence. I'm not in short supply of actual work that needs to get done and while I prefer to work by following wimsy, there are plenty of moments that call for focus and the ability to see a project through to the end, without distraction.
Evernote is a great tool to organize my sporadic creative ideas that I don't want to lose but also don't want to devote any time to in the moment.... and everything else for that matter! Evernote is just great.
I also know the business/marketing/networking stuff that needs to get done and I try to squeeze that into the spaces where I'm not feeling so inclined towards the more creative pursuits. Though if my muses have come to play, I try my best to drop anything non-essential, find help with the children if possible, and let myself get down to *creative* work. I do my best to keep up with the business end of things so when those moments come where I'm just in the flow of it and everything is beautfiul, I can take full advantage. I save my bouncing from project to project for the artist in me, often times working on several different mixed media pieces in a single afternoon. When I'm wearing my busines hat I insist that I stay on task.
I keep *plenty* of lists, so I always know what's going on... what can wait and what I need to get to work on. At the end of every 'to-do list' is written "make another to-do list". I probably waste a statistically significant portion of time list making. I do benefit from my obsession, though, in that even with so many different projects going at once I'm able to not lose sight of any of them for very long.
This has all been trial and error...this figuring out how I work best, then balancing that with the needs of my family. Over the past couple of years I've really seen myself grow in my abilities to rein in my distractability--wether that be in the form of getting work done while being situated in the epicenter of chaos or keeping myself focused so that I can get work done. I'm learning, slowly, how to make "creative and fancy-free" work for me.