I'm very fortunate to have Fridays as my "studio day." When I made some big changes in my life earlier this year and dropped down to working part time, it felt very selfish to carve out a whole day of the work week to devote completely to Connect the Dots. But it was something that I felt needed to happen in order for me to really start taking my business and myself as an artist seriously.
So here I am, sitting in my PJ's with my to-do list. With some new opportunities coming my way this fall (stay tuned for a BIG and EXCITING announcement soon!), my to-do list has grown! It takes a lot of self-discipline to manage my own time, but it's starting to feel second nature to me. I'm trying something today where instead of staring at a long list and feeling overwhelmed, I've made a schedule for myself and assigned each item to a specific hour.
Notice how LUNCH has an entire hour. I'm learning that my biggest time management issue is not disciplining myself to be productive - I struggle most with stepping back to take breaks and "turn it off" for a little while. I think this runs in my family - my Dad owns his own business, and he works 7 days a week. I've often been told that my spirit animal is a squirrel because I'm so gosh darn industrious all the time.
When I come home from my job, I could continue to work all night on Connect the Dots, and I often do because I'm excited and I have a lot of ideas and I always keep adding to that to-do list. But I'm trying to be better at setting time limits for myself, like: "Ok, I can work on Connect the Dots until 8:00pm, and then I'll shut down my computer and relax."
Speaking of which, I really should go and eat breakfast.