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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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Nearly Miraculous Daily Habit

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 7:35 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 | 12:37 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 | 5:28 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 | 3:44 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 | 3:10 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 | 8:32 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 | 1:51 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 | 11:11 AM

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 | 8:31 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 | 10:57 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 | 10:26 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 | 10:49 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 | 5:50 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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Slogging Through The Middle

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 6:24 AM

It's so exciting at The Beginning, isn't it?

You're learning, you're launching, you're out there on the far edge of your experience and it's a real thrill.

Then.

Then comes The Middle.

The Middle is where it gets kinda boring. It's when the to-do list becomes an exercise in tedium....

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How to Have a Conversation With Well-Meaning People

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 6:15 PM

We all have our family of origin, and then we have our family of friends.

It's one of the great perks of adulthood -- you get to pick a second family of friends who love you.

While it 's likely that both these families love you and care about you...

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Take Compliments Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:37 PM

People are saying nice things to you all the time.

But I'm guessing you let most of them slide right past you. And some of you even deflect them ("Oh, no, it's not that great...") or immediately turn them around ("No, no, YOU are the genius...")

I'd like you to...

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Has Someone Stolen Your Idea?

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 4:06 PM

"I'm worried that someone will steal my idea."

Sometimes that thought will:
- prevent you from moving forward on your project
- prevent you from talking to people (some of whom could help you) about your project
- keep you stuck
- keep you in "getting...

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Prepare to be Uncomfortable

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Recently a client asked me how to tell the difference between the natural anxiety a person has when they're moving forward into something new and the gut instinct that something is truly wrong for them. Good question, right?

And the answer is: I don't think you can tell the difference....

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Has Someone Stolen Your Idea?

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:10 PM

"I'm worried that someone will steal my idea."

Sometimes that thought will:

  • Prevent you from moving forward on your project
  • Prevent you from talking to people (some of whom could help you) about your project
  • Keep you stuck
  • Keep you in "getting ready to get ready" mode
  • Make you paranoid...
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Cross It Off the List

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Consider the art of "selective neglect."

We know we're not going to get everything done today that we would like to get done.

We know that we're probably not going to get it done tomorrow, either.

So rather than walking around feeling bad about all the stuff we know we're...

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