I've had a partly-finished work laying around for some time now, and, frankly, I've been too shy to share it with you because it's kind of... spiritual.
And spiritual stuff always feels very private to me. (Really private. Like, I'd rather tell you about my sex life than talk to...
Perfectionism is an insidious demon that must be fought with every weapon you've got.
Here's what's so tricky about perfectionism: It turns procrastination into a virtue.
Because it's good to have high standards, right?
And it's good to expect the best from your self, right?
The symptoms of Getting-Ready-to-Get-Ready syndrome include feeling like you can't possibly move forward until you lose 10 pounds, get a degree, receive permission, know the right people, have enough money, get more experience, pay your dues, or obtain the right equipment.
The trick to defeating Getting-Ready-to-Get-Ready syndrome is doing 15...
Asking yourself the question, "Where will I think to look for this?" might be the single greatest organizational step you can take.
Asking yourself this question puts you in a state of awareness about your organizational style and creates an automatic mnemonic so you are even more likely to remember...
This is a "first thought = best thought" exercise, and so there's no right or wrong way to do it so just stay loose and let the answers to the questions bubble up from the bottom of your belly.
I know some people have a hard time "visualizing," and if...
If so, you are not alone. I've done it a hundred times. Just when the piece is almost done, I put it away.
I've got a lovely handcrafted present sitting right here for my dearest darling sister that only needs some trim -- about 25 minutes worth of work after...
You do have time to work on your projects. You're just spending it on something else, which is fine.
Be aware that you are making the choice and be clear about your decision. No one is victimizing you. No one else is in charge of your time.
"But I have...
It's a cold, empty feeling, that not-having-faith-in-yourself feeling.
Especially in this bright-eyed American culture of mandatory optimism.
But some days, it's just not there. You don't feel worthy, you don't feel special, you don't feel like your projects are even worth your while, much less anyone else's while.
Wow, as of last week I have discovered The Organized Artist Company and am so grateful for your work! I find you so filled with encouragement and grace. THANK YOU!
I am a freelance designer/animator based in NYC, creating on-air branding for television networks. As of...
"Oh, I HATE change!" she said.
And she shook her head and she closed her eyes and shuddered again. "Hate it!"
"Really?" I said, "Because change sure loves you."
Change loves you. Look at how change is always present in your life, swirling around you and taking you in new...
Here's my new mental discipline: for each idea or project, I'm asking myself, "What's the EASIEST possible way to do this?"
As a natural-born over-complicator, this does not come easily to me. But I have noticed that I sometimes don't move forward on projects because I have larded on too...
I use my grandmother's wedding silver every single day.
I wore my brand-new "good" blouse to go teach a workshop last night.
I made seven-hour slow-cooked, vinegar-basted North Carolina pulled pork yesterday because it was... Wednesday.
I put on my yummy bright red lipstick to walk down to the convenience...
We hear this story all the time:
"I tried everything! And then finally..."
Finally, the solution is found.
Finally, the right diet and exercise plan kicks in.
Finally, your perfect partner arrives in your life.
Finally, the gate that seemed locked is opened.
And maybe part of us thinks,