Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Motivated

When it comes to getting motivated to develop a creative habit, there’s no single right approach. However, there are strategies that you can apply once you figure out what makes you uniquely you.

The better you understand yourself, the easier it will be to get motivated-- whether we are talking about art, work or health related habits.

These tidbits of wisdom are adapted from Gretchen Rubin’s book “Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of everyday life.”












Here are some personality traits to consider to help you find your ideal way of getting motivated.

Are you a Marathoner, Sprinter or Procrastinator?

Consider how you like to work... a little bit each day or in large chunks of time. Personally, I hate interruption so I get into my best flow state when I can do a sprint.
  • Marathoners prefer to work at a slow and steady clip, and they usually finish well before a deadline.

  • Sprinters prefer to work in quick bursts of intense effort. Pressure of a deadline to sharpens their thinking. (hint: You can create this sense of urgency by setting a timer while you work.)

  • Procrastinators may resemble Sprinters, but in fact, they hate last-minute pressure and wish they could force themselves to work before the deadline looms. 

Are you a Finisher or Opener?



Finishers love to bring a project to completion, and they’re determined to fill every page in their art journal.

Because Finishers focus on their ability to complete, they may be overly cautious about starting something new.

Does that sound like you?

You won’t sign up for a new art class if you haven’t finished the ones you have already taken. Or you won’t start a new painting if you have a half finished one lying around.

Openers love to start new projects, and find pleasure in opening a box of new art supplies, choosing yarn for the next sweater, or priming a new canvas.

The downside of this?

They may have trouble finishing what they’ve started.

In my online art classes at The Inspiration Place, I think of ways to help both openers and finishers. That is why I drip content out week by week and send inspirational emails to help my students stay inspired. This is exciting for openers who love the thrill of new lessons being released and will also help pace the finishers so they have the satisfaction of finishing a course.

Personally, I think I am a "finisher." This is especially true when it comes to the New York Times crossword puzzle. I let my husband START it and I relish FINISHING it! I get a little overwhelmed by starting because there are too many options and choices to make.

It can be the same way with art.

Do you get overwhelmed with starting?

the inspiration place ultimate guide to getting motivated https://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-getting-motivated.html

Simplicity Lover or Abundance Lover?



Simplicity lovers are attracted cleanliness and minimalism such as a clean work table, a newly organized studio, and few choices. A simplicity lover may work better in a studio that’s quiet, with minimal distraction. They will love creating artworks with a minimal palette.

view of my studio shelf-- I suppose I LOVE abundance. (at least when it comes to art supplies)  I will be paint just because the NAME of the color appealed to me!

Abundance lovers are attracted by the idea of more: the box of 64 crayons, every Faber-Castell Big Brush pen, all the alcohol inks, and lots and lots of choices.

An abundance lover may work better in a studio that’s lively and crammed with art supplies while blasting their favorite music. 


The FOUR Tendencies: Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?

Out of all the personality traits... understanding your "tendency" in this category is the key to getting and  keeping a creative habit.

Figure out which tendency you are and then use that to your advantage!


1) Upholders 



Upholders respond readily to both outer expectations and inner expectations. They don’t need deadlines or supervision; they keep themselves on track. This is your "naturally" thin friend who doesn't need weight watchers.

If you’re an upholder, you probably don’t need much help getting motivated and if you're struggling, then perhaps finding inspiration is your problem instead.


2) Questioners 


Like the name suggests, "questioners" question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if it’s justified, so that it becomes an inner expectation. Questioners are motivated by reasons and logic.

So, they will do something if it makes sense to them.

Questioners will want to know why they are doing things in a certain way. They will ask me a dozen questions before enrolling in a course (totally cool, I am a questioner and I am the same way)

However, the upside is once something makes sense to them they have less of a struggle staying motivated. If you are trying to lose weight, a questioner will be motivated by research.

Poppy painting by Miriam Schulman - now in private collection https://schulmanart.com/collections/floral-art
Poppy painting by Miriam Schulman - now in private collection
Discover similar floral art on schulmanArt.com


3) Obligers 


Obligers respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to meet inner expectations. Obligers are the type of people who put everyone else first.

If you are an obliger, there will always be some sort of task or chore that needs to be done for your family before you take care of yourself.

If you are an obliger, you are in good company as more than half of us are obligers.

Self-care is hard for you and so is making time for your creativity. Fortunately, there are some great strategies to overcome this. You will do well with deadlines, accountability partners, and scheduling. An online class is helpful, but even better is to do one with a friend. 

Make painting playdates


Make painting playdates, challenge yourself to share art to facebook groups or make paintings as gifts for your loved ones. Believe me, they rather have a painting from Grandma than a new nightgown.

4) Rebels 

Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They want to do a task their own way. Rebels make great artists because they are very creative and are always on the lookout to break rules and think outside the box. Strategies that work well for other types, like scheduling will be a disaster for a rebel which is why it is so important to know yourself better.


No matter what tendency you are...

Do you want a place to 

  • Keep you accountable
  • Remind you of your goals AND
  • Give you reasons why 

join The Inspiration Place email list…

(You can choose your own free gift just for joining!)



For more strategies for getting motivated to create art, join me LIVE July 21 2017 (replay also available) 

For more insight, tips, and practical advice on how to get motivation to paint you can join The Inspiration Place Facebook group (it’s free) and tune in for the live broadcast of How to Get Motivated


About the Artist (Miriam Schulman)

Miriam Schulman, founder of the Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.

See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What Your Art Collection Says About You


As well as brightening up our living room, our choice of art also reflects our interests and personality. Having original art in your home is a powerful way of stating who you are to the world. Art is a conversation starter, and a powerful way of spreading positive messages.

Express Yourself


When you surround yourself with art that expresses your personal tastes, it turns your home into a sanctuary that you enjoy spending time in.

I've found that my art collectors will find themselves drawn to animal spirits for their potent mystical powers.

Let's take the story of Jennifer.

Proud as a Peacock


Jennifer was looking for a piece of statement art for her eclectic dining room. I love her choice of gray chevron upholstered chairs and the bright yellow pillows. The peacock she chose for her home was already in my portfolio and she was attracted to the combination of teal and mustard. Jennifer is a strong, modern professional woman and this peacock helps express that in her own home.



peacock decor in a dining room by Miriam Schulman www.SchulmanArt.com
Jennifer, a professional from California, was looking for a piece of statement art to complete her modern dining room. This peacock expressed her true colors and served as a symbol of her personal power. → Collect your own Peacock Painting OR contact me and we can discuss your perfect commission

peacock decor in a dining room by Miriam Schulman www.SchulmanArt.com
Paparazzi Peacock, by Miriam Schulman, www.SchulmanArt.com
The surface of the painting is treated in a fashion similar to what you might see in a Gustav Klimt painting (think Woman in Gold, and the Kiss). You also may recognize the painting in her dining room from my email header! Although the original painting is sold (there is only one) I still offer prints of this peacock on my website.

Symbol of Personal Power


Jennifer was just thrilled with the painting and says she gets lots of compliments on it. More importantly, it serves a symbol of her personal power.

Show your True Colors


Peacocks are a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colors. 

Here's what she had to say: 

Jennifer Jenkins
California

"I am so in love with this painting, and the colors could not have matched better! Everything went smoothly. Thank you again! Your painting will be loved!"


Your turn

Now the rest of this story is like a choose your own adventure with you at it's center. You can commission a painting with the perfect size, color story and genre that speaks to your personality. 

Ready to talk to me about that?


 To get ideas for art for your home,  >> search for original art on my website 

Art in my portfolio is  always less than custom art so a great place to start. If the luxury of original art is out of your reach, you can also consider a custom canvas print to mimic the look of original art.
LARGE modern canvas art orange decor https://schulmanart.com/products/tulip-travels-large-original-mixed-media-art-on-canvas
Enjoy the beauty and enchantment of delicate tulips all year round. The colors will fit into your modern decor and add the pop of color your home craves without dominating the room.
The decorating suggestions shows the large modern canvas art over a mid-century modern sofa by West Elm. This painting will also be right at home in more neutral decors. The long and narrow size makes it perfect for over a headboard, a sofa or a banquet. The colors are subtle with pops of color to add personality to the room. 

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Miriam Schulman, founder of the Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.

See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What’s In A Name: How I Title My Art

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When collectors see my work on display, they always comment how my art makes them feel both calm and happy at the same time. The beauty of this reaction is that it happens to be how I want my art to make people feel.

It has taken years to hone the skills to create this feeling through the use of colors, subject matter, and texture,

My art practice has developed as a personal means of processing and transforming life. I am always striving for optimism and positivity, and use my work in combination with my journaling practice to build a collection of thoughts and imagery that heals me.

My childhood was full of heartache, and I found art making to be the best way for me to connect with the qualities in life I wanted to create for myself, those of joy, harmony and self-love.

Though I am always finding and responding to new influences, the WAY I approach subjects is how I personally benefit from my own work, and this process, in turn, allows me to share that feeling with others.


For this art, I combined the sweetness of the cow with a rose garden.
→Click here to learn more about Rosie the cow

Never underestimate the importance of HOW


In terms of my subject matter, I create a lot of art with animals that I call "animal spirits" and I love to research and discover ancient feng shui properties to find relationships between the magic of the animal spirits with the universal power they have to bring life into a collector’s home.

I also paint flowers, figures and landscapes and infuse them with music and positive vibrations, rhythmic patterns, and colors that invoke the imagination.

So we understand the how, but how do you put words to feeling. In my case, I was asked how I title my paintings, and so I wanted to share my personal approach.


crocus painting | floral art | flower painting | purple flowers | https://www.schulmanart.com/collections/spring-collection/products/crocus-original-mixed-media-art
I took the title "Spikes of Crocus" from a line 
of poetry by Edna St Vincent Millet called "Spring"

The Final Conversation


When I title my paintings, I consider the title “the final conversation” before I release the painting into the world. To title my art, I often use peruse poetry to find bits and pieces of poems that carry a similar feeling or thought in the written word that best describe my intention. 


Title Parties


To free up the process and make it more collaborative, at times I have turned to social media to ask my followers how they might title my art. This is what I call a "Title Party", where I challenge my followers to title the painting and then I choose from their responses. I love having this conversation with my audience as the reaction in them completes the painting and makes my art a more interactive process. It also gives me an indication of how the art makes the viewer feel without the assistance of a title that lends a preconceived idea.

I liked "Moonlit Solace" and "Gathering Moon Flowers," but I ultimately went with "Moon Child" suggested by one of my followers on facebook.
→Click here to learn more about Moon Child 


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About Me (Miriam Schulman)
Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Photographing Your Art (a step by step guide)

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Since a picture is worth a thousand words, for visual artists and other product-based businesses, this could also mean thousands of dollars! Getting the images you need of your artwork is not difficult to do. Here’s a step by step guide on how to photographs your art without fancy studio equipment.


Step 1. Get what you need: Lights, Camera, and Artwork.

You’ll need an overcast day, one that is bright, but not too sunny. Find an area outdoors that has an even amount of light. This could be in the shade. Make sure there are no dapples of light, and that there are no brightly colored objects nearby (that blue swimming pool or red wagon could reflect its light on your art)

You’ll also need a digital camera with high resolution unless you have lens attachments for your smart phone and advanced training in taking photos with it.

Once you find an area of light, place your painting on a flat upright surface.


Step 2: Take a picture.

The most important thing to consider when you are photographing your work is to be sure the picture is square in the frame. This means that the edges of the artwork are even with the edges of your picture. What you DON’T want is your picture to appear at a slanted angle or look like a trapezoid.

Use a tripod to hold the camera steady.



Step 3: Crop the Extras.

Now that you have your pictures taken, you will need to go back and crop the images. If you are using a digital camera, you’ll be uploading the images to your computer to do this on an image editing program.



Step 4: Adjust the Brightness and Contrast if needed.

If you are shooting your artwork in bright overcast light, the colors on your work will be pretty close to how they appear in real life. Sometimes, however, you’ll notice a blue haze on pictures taken on a sunny day. You may want to remove some of the blue haze (usually an “auto correct color” feature can handle this for you), and also go back in to adjust the brightness and contrast of your images because even on the best day, sometimes the light bleaches out the richness of your work. 


Final Note: 

I highly recommend that you shoot all of your artwork at the same time. If you are working on a new collection, finish the collection first and THEN take pictures in one session. This will save you from the dreaded variations in light temperature that happens when you shoot on separate days in different lighting conditions. If you follow these guidelines, taking pictures of your artwork will be an enjoyable part of the process. 


FREE Photography Equipment Shopping Guide


If you aren’t able to shoot outdoors, then I happen to have a pretty awesome photography guide, where you can learn the tools and techniques I use in case I need to shoot my work indoors.

how to photograph your art | photograph art | http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/05/photographing-your-art-step-by-step.html  


In case we haven't met yet...


About Me (Miriam Schulman)
Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

How Planning Keeps Me Productive in the Art Studio

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I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to create.. this is typical of creatives. In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci was known to have said that he spends as much time thinking about what he wants to paint as he did painting it. 

So that I don't spend too much time spinning my wheels, I make yearly goals and then review those goals throughout the year frequently. I also make my kids review their goals and rewrite their goals every quarter.

Here are some action steps you can model to make you more productive as well. In order for the review process to work, you need to review your goals on a regular basis and make yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.

Most people have no problems making goals at the beginning of the year.. but how often do you review them? Do you make daily goals? Here is what the review process looks like for me.

Review the daily Task List each morning

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Every morning I review what my appointments are for that day and I come up with three goals for the day that I feel have to get done. The three action items should relate to the goals for the week and ultimately for the year. Keeping the end in mind keeps me from wasting time on non-important stuff.


Just three


Even if the actual list of things to do is a mile long, I focus on three at a time. They can be small goals, but having three daily goals gives me a guaranteed sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

daily planning prompts | organization for artists | art journaling goals | goal setting for artists | How Planning Keeps Me Productive in the Art Studio + FREE printable giveaway of creative planning prompts → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-planning-keeps-me-productive-in-art.html

Night before


Sometimes I get a head start on my day by writing out my three goals the night before, but it is this process of planning and reviewing each day with gratitude that keeps my productivity mindset a positive one.

Keeping a Monthly and Yearly Overview

In addition to managing daily tasks, I keep a monthly overview which provides a vision of how the upcoming month will look, and a yearly overview to plan my promotional schedule. I offer art classes AND original works of art, and so it helps to see at what time I’m going to be promoting what in between my daily shuffle of making work, answering inquiries, traveling and shipping art.

I also keep track of when the planet Mercury is in retrograde, as I’ve found that during these times, it is best to do developmental work like research and planning. Sure, it might sound strange to plan around the planets, but you have to plan around something and this method is as good as any. (I've been keeping track of this odd astrology phenomenom ever since my instagram account was completely hacked during "mercury in retrograde" a time which astrologists believe that technology will go haywire...btw, you can also read my blog post: Is your instagram account safe?)

daily planning prompts | organization for artists | art journaling goals | goal setting for artists | How Planning Keeps Me Productive in the Art Studio + FREE printable giveaway of creative planning prompts → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-planning-keeps-me-productive-in-art.html

Make it pretty!!

I recently have joined the planner girl cult.

Yes, buying a planner and adding stickers to it as actually a cult.

Who knew?

But this is a very healthy addiction. I actually joined a planner subscription club so each month I receive pretty planning supplies that makes all these planning sessions more fun. Even my daughter has remarked that she noticed that every time I get my planner out I get happier. Win. Win.


Journal Prompts

In order to help you with this process, I created this freebie for you with journal prompts that will help focus your mind. These are the exact questions I ask myself at the end of each period and helps me plan for the next one. A period can be a week, a month, a quarter or a year. The more you check in with yourself the better! >> Download this giveaway and see what insights you uncover!

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About Me (Miriam Schulman)
Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How to Develop a Daily Journal

creative daily journaling prompts | journal morning pages | daily affirmations and goals | goal setting | How to Develop a Daily Journal + 10 daily free daily journal prompts free printable → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-develop-daily-journal.html

This blog post is part of a series that takes a deep dive into the strategies I use to quiet my monkey mind and stay focused on my art making, One morning ritual I find invaluable is the daily journal practice. I have a bunch of journals that I use to help me stay mindful.

Morning Pages


creative daily journaling prompts | journal morning pages | daily affirmations and goals | goal setting | How to Develop a Daily Journal + 10 daily free daily journal prompts free printable → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-develop-daily-journal.htmlMany artists call this "morning pages" as coined by the author Julia Cameron in her Artist Way book. When I do morning "pages" I generally bend from Cameron's instructions to write 3 full pages. I just write a few sentences or borrow prompts from The Five Minute JournalThe Five Minute Journal comes as a book or an app, For a long time, I was using the app until I started getting annoyed that there was one more thing I need to do with my phone. Now I just use a regular journal to write out the prompts.

A Family Affair



My teenage children have also embraced a regular journal practice. My college age daughter, an aspiring musician, writes daily morning pages and my sixteen year old son uses the official 5 Minute Journal book. He finds the fill in the blank prompts for daily and evening journals helpful. Since he is a high performance athlete hoping to wrestle for a Division 1 school, he has augmented his journal practice with a diet and fitness journal of his own design.

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My favorite writing prompts


creative daily journaling prompts | journal morning pages | daily affirmations and goals | goal setting | How to Develop a Daily Journal + 10 daily free daily journal prompts free printable → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-develop-daily-journal.htmlMy favorite writing prompts are for gratitude, daily intentions, and affirmations. This practice gets me in the mindset of being in control of my day’s direction and happiness. You don’t have to go buy a special book or an app to create these productive patterns in your day.


Morning prompts


Just make it a ritual to start your day with the following questions: What am I grateful for? What are three things I can accomplish today?


Nightly check-in


Then do a nightly check in to remind yourself of what you accomplished that day. The prompts here are: How could I make the day better? What were the “wins” for the day?

8 Daily Prompts for Mindfulness


Would you like a list of my daily prompts? Here are three morning prompts and 5 nightly checkin prompts that you can use to make yourself happier and more focused! >> download the FREE 8 prompts

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About Me (Miriam Schulman)



Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Find The Time To “Do It All”

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Since I sell my art online, write a blog, teach online art classes, volunteer within my community, and have two teenagers, I am constantly getting asked, “how do I find time to ‘do it all?’”

First of all, you don’t “find” time.

In fact, I will go further to say this isn’t about “managing” your time. You can’t “manage” time or “find” time or even “make” time. That just isn’t how it works. You manage your activities… and you can manage your focus to be more productive.

This blog post is part of a series on finding focus and being more productive as an artist. In my last post, I shared with you How Mediation Keeps Me Focused in the Art Studio. It is now the first thing I do in the morning, before I even roll out of bed.

My Morning Routine

But I actually have a whole structure around my morning routine with each part pivotal to helping me focus.

Some things are obvious.. Like a hot cup of coffee...but others less so.

For example, I have never, ever..not even once...skipped breakfast.

And there are some things I know I HAVE to do in the morning, because if I don’t, they will never get done.

One of those is exercise.

So even before I start answering emails or checking Facebook which pulls me into an endless stream of “urgent” but not important. I have to exercise.

If I don’t exercise, I am an unfocused mess. Last week, I missed my morning exercise class and I ended up backing my car into a neighbor’s car. (shh… don’t tell my husband.. He says he reads my blog posts. But I don’t think he reads them carefully)

morning routine for productivity | time management for artists | How to Find the Time to "Do It All" + free printable morning checklist for focus and creativity → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-find-time-to-do-it-all.html
Developing a consistent morning routine helps us stay focused!
Putting a painting in your bathroom is a great way to improve
your mood for the day. This one is in a private collection but
you can explore more similar floral art for sale

Routines align our actions with our intentions


A consistent routine that includes exercise helps us by setting expectations about availability, aligning our actions with our intentions, and getting our minds into a regular rhythm of creating. I have that time blocked out 5 days a week and I exercise at the same time each day. I no longer choose the “best” instructor or the “best” class but the one I know will make me smile and starts at 8:30 am so I can get on with my day. Exercising my body helps me spend long hours at sedentary work such as creating art or writing blog posts.

Although it “takes time” to exercise, I always get more done when I limit my work hours because it forces me to focus on what's most important and not what feels urgent. 

Set firm boundaries

morning routine for productivity | time management for artists | How to Find the Time to "Do It All" + free printable morning checklist for focus and creativity → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-find-time-to-do-it-all.html
Surrounding yourself with beautiful objects allows you to treasure every moment. Life is beautiful. Here is Bright Blue Bell Blossoms, singing the fresh songs of spring in a cacophony of colors.
During the day, I let the phone go to voicemail and there is absolutely no notifications on my phone. I turned off all noises because I used to be like Pavlov’s dog jumping up to check at the slightest buzz. I wait to check my email until 2pm each day and all the subscriptions come to me as a roll up.

This way I can end my day at 5:00 and enjoy the rest of the evening with my family cooking dinner, relaxing and just hanging out.

Batch it. 

morning routine for productivity | time management for artists | How to Find the Time to "Do It All" + free printable morning checklist for focus and creativity → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-find-time-to-do-it-all.html
For maximum productivity, I batch my art creation in painting sessions and my blog writing in writing sessions.
This room features an orange poppy painting from the spring series, "Spring's Trumpet"

Getting started is always the hardest part. It’s challenging to start a project from scratch, and it’s also hard each time you enter a project after a break. By working the same kind of work until it’s done, you keep your momentum going because you are “in the mood” to do that kind of work. 

You never have time to feel detached from the process but most importantly you don’t waste time getting into “writing mode” or “painting mode.” 

I call this process batching. So, one day I will work only on painting, and another day I will focus only on blog post writing.


Don't context switch

morning routine for productivity | time management for artists | How to Find the Time to "Do It All" + free printable morning checklist for focus and creativity → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-find-time-to-do-it-all.html
To maintain calm and focus... start each morning the same way


I don’t multi-task and I encourage you not to multi-task either. While it feels easy enough to make one painting, then list it online, then write about it, studies show us that we find it very difficult to “context switch.”

To avoid context switching, I create my art in a series, write a series of blog posts about them and then list them on my website in one sitting. I also schedule (batch) all my social media posts on instagram and facebook.

So there you have it.. In order to “get it all done” ( and I rarely do!) I have a strong structured and disciplined morning routine and then I batch my work for the afternoon.



DOWNLOAD the FREEBIE: Morning Focus Checklist


Since I am always fascinated by others morning routines, the freebie for this blog post is a “morning focus checklist.” Please download the checklist and let a perfectly focused morning set you up for the rest of your day!

morning routine for productivity | time management for artists | How to Find the Time to "Do It All" + free printable morning checklist for focus and creativity → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-find-time-to-do-it-all.html

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About Me (Miriam Schulman)
Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and I’m the founder of The Inspiration Place where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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