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Thursday
Sep252014

Balance: How Do You Manage Multiple Projects?

Better Use of Your Time, Money & Energy

Estimated reading time: About a minute and a half.

I’ve asked artists this question for years. I’m looking for tips I can use myself and pass on to other clients.

Instead, the first answer is always about the stress of managing multiple projects. And that’s true even of productive artists like Julie Snyder.

Life is VERY challenging at the moment so this is a relevant question. Juggling multiple projects, juggling life and work and all of that is very normal for me, but like I said I have my hands full right now.

Personally, I have to prioritize like crazy. Sometimes you can’t do everything – somethings have to be put off, cancelled or postponed. But with whatever I do, I try to be professional and do projects well.

But some things have got to give. So my house is not perfect and my car could be tidier. But I am very productive. I eat very well - this body works hard, so I invest in the maintenance of it - organic food, vitamins, at least 7 hours of sleep most nights, and I do make time for pedicures.

I use any organizational help I can get. I love my apps and my smart phone. I use my phone for its calendar and scheduling and setting alerts to remind me of where I should be in half an hour.

I try to prepare and be prepared. With marketing that means website management, carrying business cards and flyers for workshops.

I do work very hard. I put my art first – try to keep my own interests in front of me. It is so easy to compromise and not do your art. It's a challenge to maintain that sometimes but to lose sight of art goals would be losing self-integrity. I have a great family who understand this, and they are very supportive of my art.

I maintain a sense of humor.

Like most artists I know, there’s no whining going on here.

Instead there’s lots of determination and focus on what’s most important; choices about what comes first, what comes next and what can wait; and applying habits and technology to stay on track.

What works best for you?

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