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Samantha Bennett is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck from whatever way in which they’re stuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals. Based in Los Angeles, Samantha offers her revolutionary “Get It Done” and “Get Your Work Out There” Workshops, teleclasses and private consulting to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

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Unreasonable Gratitude: An Artist Talks to God

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 7:19 AM

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...

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Perfectionism Is an Insidious Demon

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 10:32 AM

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?

We want...

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Getting-Ready-to-Get-Ready Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 1:07 PM

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...

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You Think You Know What You Don't...

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:01 AM

You're stuck because you think you know what you don't know.

But you don't.

Because you've never done This before.

You think you know how your project is going to unfold, and I'm here to tell you that you don't.

You think you know how much people...

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Where Will I Think to Look for This Later?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 12:32 PM

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...

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An Ode to the Overwhelmed

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:46 AM

And as you stand there
Late again
Because you forgot to allow time to park
And the elevator was slow
And you left 10 minutes late to begin with
With your shoes that pinch
And your pants that are a little too small
...

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Every Field Must Lay Fallow

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:35 PM

Maybe you are in the middle of a dry spell so severe your lips are parched.

I'm sorry. I know that feeling -- that sinking, empty, aching feeling -- and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

But I know that eventually it will end. And you will live through it....

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Nearly Miraculous Daily Habit

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Allot 15 Minutes a Day to Your Project

If I could actually make you do stuff, the first thing I would get you to do is to spend fifteen minutes each and every day working on your project.

As it happens, you are the agent of change in your life,...

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Today I Want to Introduce You to a Fun Experiment

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:37 PM

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...

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It Is Not Possible...

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:28 PM

It is not possible to lose 30 pounds. It is not possible to write a book. It is not possible to clear out all the clutter. You know why? Because it is only possible to lose a few ounces a day. And it is only possible to write a sentence...

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You Don't Need to Lose Weight

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Here's how I know... if you really needed to lose weight, you'd be doing it already.

In the same way that you always feel like you need more money, but it's when the rent is due (or those shoes go on sale) that you actually find the money.

So if...

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Do You Quit Right When You're Almost Done?

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:10 PM

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...

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You're Just Spending Your Time On Something Else

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:32 AM

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...

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What If You Don't Have Faith in Yourself?

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 2:51 PM

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.

And you...

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How Do You Know If You've Taken on Too Much?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:11 PM

The Question

Hi Sam,

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...

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The Gift of Jealousy

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:31 AM

It isn't the prettiest side of your personality, but there it is: jealousy.

Ick.

How very seventh grade of you.

But all of us, no matter how far beyond seventh grade we've gotten, feel jealous sometimes.
And here's the news flash -- jealousy is a gift.

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The Patron Saint of Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 11:57 AM

"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...

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Take the Easy Way Out

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:26 AM

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...

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Today Is a Special Occasion

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:49 AM

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...

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I Tried Everything and Then Finally...

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 6:50 PM

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,

"Jeez,...

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