Last week I was making some tweaks to websites. I decided to move Time Management for Artists to the Goal Wheel website since they are very complimentary products and I simply have too many sites to manage. As I moved the pages and the images and hopefully updated all the links – I had a great time watching the videos about time that I had posted when I started this project. I thought I’d share a few thoughts and a few songs and get you thinking about time as well…
We all get 24 hours in a day. We all have a variety of things we do which could include any combination of things – sleep, eat, exercise, chores, family time, friend time, work… How you make use of your time will affect different areas of your life.
If you never exercise your health might not be what it could be. Don’t do the laundry you will run out of socks. Spend all day reading about how to build an art business at the expense of making and marketing your art….well, you get the idea.
I recently added yet another piece to my art business so tracking how I’m spending my time so I can judge the results is even more important.
- How much time do I spend on art licensing: creating art, marketing the art, connecting with licensees…
- How much time do I spend on information stuff: blogging, writing, teaching, coaching, setting up Ask Calls and more…
- How much time do I spend setting up the new online store business: website, product creation, marketing, planning…
Gathering this data can be very helpful – especially if you compare it to income over time. Are your efforts equally reflected in your revenue? If I spend 25% of my time on art licensing info things is 25% of my income coming from there – or is it more or less? Knowing how you spend your time and how it affects your income can help you fine tune what is working and what isn’t when building your business.
I highly recommend you check out my Time Management for Artists System – it’s a group of excel spreadsheets that are all programmed and ready for you to use. If you want to adjust them you can – but you need to have some Excel skills – no guarantees if you mess with the calcualations! 🙂
And ask yourself – Do I really know how I spend my time? Really?
Here’s to your creative success –
– Tara Reed
Can you think of any others to add? Email me a link!