Teachers often learn more than students.
With that in mind, today’s topic (at my wife’s suggestion) is the importance of organizing the business side of your career. Hmmm...I wonder if my wife is hoping that I will learn something!
So why is it important that you keep up with the business side of your career? What are the benefits of being organized?
There are many reasons. I’ll highlight a few here.
Disorganization sucks away your creative energy. Lack of organization causes distractions, inefficiencies, lost opportunities and wasted time. It causes frustration, worry, and confusion. It can take the joy out of your work.
Becoming organized is liberating and allows you to focus on the given task at hand rather than being distracted by other tasks. During your art creating time, you can focus all your energy on creating. During your business time, you can focus on bookkeeping, marketing, organization, emails, cataloging, etc. The two sides of your business will not collide for attention as often.
Organization fosters an atmosphere where your creative energy can prosper without distraction.
More work gets done. Organization better allows you to actually accomplish things. You become more productive.
No longer will you need to stop creating while in the middle of the zone because you suddenly realize that you forgot to type up your bio for an upcoming show. It was due yesterday. You stop to type the bio and end up checking email and social media for a couple hours instead. You get an invitation to another event and spend a few hours looking through your images to see if you have anything to enter. You accomplished nothing today.
Set aside time for each task. Organize your to-do list. Organize your time.
You can find what you need. It can be frustrating to spend hours compiling a mailing list for a postcard you want to send out. If only you had an organized database of your contacts. You wouldn’t waste time searching for the address of that one hot prospect you met last year.
You can’t find half the receipts of your purchases for the past 6 months and taxes are due tomorrow.
Where did you put that CD from the photographer? It has all the jpegs of your most recent artwork and you didn’t take the time to upload them to your computer when you had it in hand.
Whatever happened to that painting of XYZ you did last year? Which gallery did you send it to? Did it ever sell? What did you title it? What was the size again?
Organize your documents, images, addresses, inventory, etc.
You get the point. Disorganization of the business side not only results in lost opportunities, it also affects you ability to create your artwork. Organization allows for more uninterrupted creativity.
How has organization or disorganization affected you? What are some strategies you have found to be helpful?
Today's post is an updated version from a few years ago, but we're republishing it again today because it's still a timely and a very relevant message. Enjoy!
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