I don’t know about you, but I have an issue with getting things done. I have a full time job AND I am trying to get this art biz career off the ground as a second job. Plus, I like to throw in some fun along the way as well. I am sure others have similar issues but juggling different commitments. Perhaps you are taking care of young children or an aging adult. Or just other commitments. Many of us have multiple commitments and try to fit as much into our schedule as possible.
I have found that that is where Intention is key. For me, it is not just a Life Coach buzz word. Intention works.
Many yoga classes may begin with “create an intention for yourself for the class”. I never quite got that. When I first started hot yoga, my intention was to merely survive 75 minutes of a 105 degrees room of vigorous exercise. I eventually graduated to having an intention of getting some kick ass exercise. The yoga instructor most likely was hopping for more elevated intentions like to “be joyous” while my body was screaming to get out of that hot room or surviving get that chair pose.
I really learned the value of Intentionality the the weekend I had to complete 2 small pieces of art on a very short deadline. I intended to complete them on time. I needed to complete them on time. I had a lot of motivation. I had a FREE trip to NYC including 2 nights in a hotel room overlooking Central Park. Very nice commission for 2 smaller pieces of art.
At first, I doubted it could be done. Creating the background with the textured stitching is extremely time consuming. Adding the lines with thread on top is not where the time is spent. However, the texture background is what adds interest. Without it, it would just be a piece of off white cotton fabric.
With the Intention of completing this on time, I used every spare minute I had. Normally if I had 15 minutes, I might fritter it aware perusing my favorite Social Media Site. But, I didn’t have that luxury. Instead, into the studio I went and cranked out 15 minutes of sewing on the machine. That weekend, I used every spare minute I had. I intended to get those two art pieces done and I found a way. No excuses.
How did I use this lesson on Intentionality after this weekend was over? I am working on a long term project which has a tight deadline. It just happens to be months away. Each day, I look at what hard commitments I have for the day, anything else that is a high priority, and look for where I can squeeze in some studio time. This does not mean I am not finding time to relax and enjoy myself. Nor, does it mean I am moving a break neck pace. What happens is less frittering time away. Less idle thinking “what could/should I do now?”. I already have my intentions for the day.
Have you had this experience of “get’er done”? If so, where you able to carry it over after the deadline was over? What lessoned did you learn?