I work at my part-time job as a Program Assistant/Coordinator for a Sculpture Garden/Arts Center (I should really do a post about my day job some time, it's pretty awesome), Friday - Monday... this was the biggest adjustment, working weekends and being on the exact opposite schedule as the Mr. I do surprisingly enjoy being off during the middle of the week because I am much more productive, instead of being distracted by weekend activities. But I also feel a bit guilty. It's hard to explain, but I get a lot of anxiety during the week knowing my co-workers are working like crazy prepping for events and what-not, and I'm just... painting.
As I've settled into this new life, one where I actually feel legitimite enough to say that I'm an "artist" when people ask me what I do, I've adjusted to a new studio routine to keep my creativity and motivation at a max, and my anxiety at a minimum.
It looks something like this...
Tuesdays are my day to let go of my (irrational?) guilt, and my first day to decompress from the busy work weekend and get back into studio mode. I let these mornings be my lazy mornings... I grab a cup of coffee at our local shop, bum their internet, email and blog a bit, and let myself really enjoy a moment of peace.
Once I get back to the studio, I review all of horribly scribbled notes I've collected over the weekend when an idea would strike, photos I've snapped, and scan pinterest for a bit for an extra boost of inspiration. On Tuesdays, I like starting with a big, blank canvas and just paint. Whatever I want. I don't think about the list of commissions I should be finishing, or the e-mails I have left to respond to... I just paint. This is how some of my favorite paintings are born.
|in-progress 40" x 40" canvas|
On Thursdays, I like to tie up loose ends... finish paintings that have been scattered throughout my studio half-developed, photograph new works I've completed throughout the week, and update my shop and inventory and mailing lists.
When I'm slacking, I turn up my music REALLY loud for a well-deserved kick in the butt. Lately it's been the Mumford & Sons Pandora station, or Grouplove (Mark, thank you for the rec ;)
Or I take the pup for a walk down to the beach.
So there you have it...
What do your days look like? Any tips for staying motivated when you're your own boss?