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Tuesday
Nov272012

Technology: 5 Tips for Shortening Your Technology Learning Curves

I don't want to get left in the dust, and that means investing time and maybe money into staying up to date.

You can use these principles to make your technology learning time count and to shorten the learning curve on using your computer to make or market your art:

  1. Everything Has a Learning Curve - especially how you use technology to make and market your art.

    Don't expect to be adept overnight even if you have read a book or gotten tutoring. Applying what you know is the only way to gain or improve skills and grow your art business. Whether it's a new technique you incorporate into making your art or learning new software to keep track of your art inventory, be patient with yourself. Start with the basics, practice your new skills, and grow from there.

  2. Take Advantage of Technology - read, listen or watch when you can apply what you learn. 

    Whether you work for hours at a time, or prefer frequent short bursts, there is no one "right" way to learn. Set yourself up to succeed by honoring your natural style and preferences. Bookmark articles, podcasts, or videos so you can retrieve them on demand.

  3. Keep Your Technology Skills and Tools Sharp.

    Computing/technology changes faster than everything else. Never assume that you know the basics because the basics change constantly.  If you overestimate your computer skills or don't update your computer hardware and software, you will pay the price in time away from making art and maybe missing out on opportunities to exhibit your art. It pays handsomely to keep up to date. Learn online, take a class, read a book

  4. Always Keep Your Long-Term Goals in Mind.

    Remember that investing in technology will save you time, money, and energy. Sometimes it's worth it to invest, and sometimes it isn't such a great idea. If you get mired in the process and lose sight of your goals, it's easy to get lost or never get where you want to go. Identify the skills and tools you will need in the next 12 months; set a budget and prioritize purchases that will keep you on track. 

  5. Schedule Learning Time and Take Breaks.

    I reserve two hours every Friday for learning time. That's what works for me. Other people schedule 15-minutes daily or a whole day once a month.  Some days I read business and marketing books; other times I work on goals and plans; often I'm learning new software and online systems so I can support artists in the A.C.T. community with hand-crafted solutions to their art business problems and opportunities. Guess what happens if I don't schedule my learning time?  Yeah, nothing happens.  Schedule your learning and take short breaks, no less than once per hour. Get up, stretch, walk around a bit. Studies show that if you do, you'll learn faster, better, and be more efficient in your work.

If you are not adept (and don't want to be adept) in a certain area, or if you want to preserve your precious studio time, get help getting it all done. You don't have to be an expert in everything and you don't have to do it all yourself. Just know your strengths and get help to fill in where you're not so skilled. 

Painted yourself into a corner? Feeling stressed over it all? Using up your precious studio time wrestling with running your art business? If you're not confident about what to do, how to do it, and when, get some help. We do a ton of coaching and hands-on help for artists of all levels and can cut your learning curve waayyyy down so you can get back to doing what you love: creating your art!

I can tutor you one-to-one, and you can request a free 15-minute conversation if you're not sure what help you need.
 
Hope that's helpful.  

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