Last Year, September, October, and November were probably my most productive months. I seem to be following that pattern again in 2014 and am finally starting to catch up on my goals. As of yesterday I have logged 459 hours in the studio, and 224 spent on marketing tasks. Here is my latest drawing, titled “Bitch, ” and measuring 48×60 inches.
Well, I am having a good month. As I mentioned in my last post, some of my work was accepted in a show in MN. Earlier this week I entered some more drawings in a local juried show and one was accepted. So I actually have work in two shows that are opening this weekend, and this is the first time I have ever been able to say THAT.
Lest you think I am resting on my laurels, however, I did take the time to assess my progress on my 2014 goal of 750 hours. As the end of the first quarter, March 31 is a benchmark date for many businesses and so it seems like a good time to revisit those New Year’s Resolutions. I had a somewhat rocky start to the year and as of mid-February I was definitely behind schedule. However, I put in extra time to make up for that, and have gotten myself caught up again.
So as of March 31, 2014 (thirteen weeks into the new year), my progress stands as follows:
Studio time- 133 hours, which is three hours over the goal of 10 hours a week.
Marketing etc- 64 hours, or one hour short of the goal of 5 hours a week.
I’ve also added a new category of “supporting tasks,” for things like framing, purchasing art supplies, and research, which don’t really count as hands-on time in either category. I have racked up an additional 36 hours there, for a grand total of 233 hours in 2014.
Again, I know this kind of time keeping seems obsessive, but it works! It’s a lot like writing down all of your calories(don’t get me started) so you have a true picture of what’s going on-no room for excuses. And, for the moment at least, it seems to be paying off.