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The Productive Artist: Cheat Sheets and A Calendar  

OrganizeIn the March issue of ArtMatters Aletta interviewed Lee Wright who is head cheerleader, sounding board, and wrangler for her husband, artist Bruce Marion. They're a successful, dynamic team, and Lee is a treasure chest of business and design skills. Bruce is a lucky artist indeed! Whether or not you have help running your art business, there is a ton of great info and inspiration in that interview and you should go read it.

Me? I'm the one who supports artists when they don't have a Lee Wright on their team, and I love to create simple ways to do business effectively. Here's one of my secrets: "Cheat Sheets and a Calendar." 

Cheat Sheets:  These are notes and lists of things I need to do for myself and the artists I work with. All those things I do over and over, or even once a year. It's easy to forget in-between times.  

You can use cheat sheets too. For example, I work with an artist who kept forgetting how to email her digital photos to me using her camera's software. She prefers pen and ink to computers, so I suggested that she write out a "cheat sheet" for herself and keep it in a notebook by her computer. She made one, and for some other things she does repeatedly, and it has smoothed out some of the bumps in her day that she found stressful and frustrating. 

I work paperless mostly, and so my cheat sheets are stored on my computer and in an online system I use called Basecamp. But you do it any way that works for you.   

Calendar: Super important! All those notes and lists do me no good if I forget to DO the things that need doing, and at the right times. You can use a printed calendar, the calendar on your computer, Google Calendar, or any type of calendar you like. I like computerized calendars because I can set reminders. 

After I write up my cheat sheet, I make a note on my calendar for that task (and beyond if it's recurring). I tell it to send me a reminder, then I can forget about it until it's time or until I need to refer to a cheat sheet for something!

Here's another secret: Look through this blog a TON of useful tips and info and please do try out the Search box. It's wonderful!  For example, want info on portfolios? Type the word "portfolio" into the search box and it'll give you a list of articles to read on that subject.


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OutOfHeadImageP.S. Being creative can bring the "curse" of idea overload. Ideamapping™ is a non-linear way of organizing your thoughts and notes. Adapt your recordkeeping to the way that you think, instead of cramping your style. Check it out:  Idea Mapping with Chris Welsh of Mastery of Learning, Inc. digital recording of an inspired class! 

Key ImageP.S.S. Want me to help you unravel the mystery and confusion of websites and both online and print marketing? It doesn't have to be oh so expensive or time-consuming. In "Affordable Marketing That Really Works for You" I've put together a ton of info to help you make sense of it all. It's a PDF Workbook and Recording.Take a peek at Part 1!

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