Article By: Luciano Martinez
For many artists, the reality of everyday work life can be harsh. Not only does one have to work a full time job but also manage their own social networks, mail/deliver art to galleries, and contact magazines and art blogs – not to mention find enough time to create actual art. For many, this “multitasking” can be exhausting and unbearable leaving one feeling defeated. The good news is that multitasking can be learned and practiced on a daily basis making everyday life enjoyable and productive.
Taking On Many Roles In One Day
Wearing many “work hats” on a daily basis is not an easy task. Creative directors and project managers often have to do so when working on a complex assignment. Even though it takes a particular personality to be able to manage such projects, there are a few tips that will help an everyday person tackle a multitasking schedule. The following tips will not only help organize your day, but also keep you from losing your head.
1) Make A List
Making a list of your daily goals is a good way to prioritize your projects and organize your day. By seeing what is ahead of you, you are able to create a “goal hierarchy” and work from what’s most important to least important. When making a list, it is best to make one list per week and then break that list down to a daily schedule.
2) Organize Your Day Into An Hourly Schedule
Breaking down your schedule into hourly increments will show you how you are using your time. Your schedule should start from the moment you awaken to the moment that you leave your office or studio. See the following example below to better understand what a daily schedule should look like.
8:00 a.m.: Wake up, Shower, Get Dressed, and Eat Breakfast
9:00 a.m.: Check/Reply To Emails, Review Social Networks
10:00 a.m.: Work On My Website
12:00 p.m.: Eat Lunch, Review Social Networks
1:00 p.m.: Work On Painting
6:00 p.m.: Check/Reply To Emails, Review Social Networks
7:00 p.m.: End My Day
3) Keep Your Schedule Consistent
Consistency is key when implementing a working schedule. Consistency helps your body and mind adjust to a schedule much easier than if you were to constantly change your routine. If you plan to wake up every morning at 8 a.m., your body will instinctively react to the time. Consistency will also help you better plan meetings, phone calls, and events. This is especially helpful when you need to attend an art show or make personal time for family and friends.
4) Turn Off Your Smart Phone
When multitasking, it is easy to get distracted. There is nothing more distracting than your smart phone. This small “computer” incorporates many features that are sure to squander a chunk of your time from a productive day. When your smart phone is by your side you often check emails, answer texts or phone calls, and go on social networks etc. If you cannot seem to tear yourself away from your smart phone, turn it off at certain times of the day. If you want to concentrate on your painting, turn it off during painting hours. This will ensure that you have no distractions while you are in your “painting zone”. If someone wants to get a hold of you via email or by phone, give him or her a time when they may best reach you. You may let them know ahead of time that you only answer emails or calls from 9:00 a.m. thru 10:00 a.m. or from 6:00 p.m. thru 7:00 p.m. If it is an important meeting, you may schedule a specific time for it. This should be done rarely since this may throw your consistent schedule out the window and make your daily routines unmanageable.
5) Take Care Of Yourself
It takes a lot of physical and mental energy to keep a multitasking schedule. Allow yourself proper sleep, eat healthy and nutritiously, and give yourself breaks and ample time for exercise. Exercise is very important since it will relax your body, clear your mind, and give you a fresh perspective helping reorganize your thoughts. Exercise does not necessarily need to be an hour at a gym. You can get your blood and mind flowing just by taking your dog for a walk or taking a stroll around your neighborhood. Don’t forget to be present when taking these moments to clear your mind. Enjoy the weather, embrace your surroundings, and say hello to people passing by. Positive energy is contagious and will put you in a good mood. In the end, your busy day will be productive and balanced leaving you ready to tackle the next day with the same motivation and excitement.
Motivating yourself to acquire multitasking skills can be daunting at first but with practice it becomes second nature. Your days will feel more fulfilling and your personal time will not be riddled with guilt or insecurities caused by the lack of productivity. Move forward with gusto and let multitasking take you to the next level of a fruitful and successful day.