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20 Hour Challenge, Accomplishments & Goals

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20 Hour Challenge

I gave another try at the 20 hour challenge this past week. For whatever reason I seem to be stuck at working 2-3 hours in the studio per day. Well, okay, I did find myself enjoying the Twitterverse a bit more than I probably should have. On Monday I lost an entire day because we spent it on a whale watch. I did take a small sketch book with me which yielded a few pencil sketches (emphasis on the sketchy, especially when you’re sitting on the top deck in the wind.) But as I look at my time tracking, I have to ask myself what else did I do during some of those days?

My total time in the studio and on business related tasks totalled 24 hours for the week and breaks down as follows:

Studio time: 8.25 hours

Business stuff: 15.75 hours

This past week the business and other stuff included drive time to deliver an exhibit entry piece and to deliver inventory. There was time for blogging, twittering, reading/meditating and reading my affirmations, emails, phone calls, coaching, confirming a wholesale order, photography, editing photographs, bookkeeping, catching up on past e-newsletters, and spending time on the internets.

Hmph! The whole email thing is tough. On one hand I’m getting better at skimming through the morning emails and not reading most of them, only those I deem important at that time. Actually, I’ve gone so far this week as to shut my email program each night so I don’t see any little mail icons first thing when I wake up my computer. You know, better to remove the temptation.

As I write this I wonder if I subscribe to too many newsletters (4-5 that I really like to read and schedule into my to do list each week.) I also get a daily OM horoscope, a daily OM inspirational reading, Marianne Williamson’s Miracle Thought (audio recording), TUT: A Thought From the Universe, and an EnneaThought of the Day (based on my Enneagram number.) I will think about releasing some of these items.

But what about the internet and social networking. Always a tough one to deal with. I’ve tried the timer approach (set for 15 minutes per session), the “minimize the screen approach” (make it smaller so as not to distract me), and even made a sign that is taped to my monitor which reads “The computer is closed” (which is currently flipped over facing the back of my monitor. Useful huh?)

In reality, it all comes down to motivation, determination and discipline. Some days those skills come more easily than on other days. All I can say is I’ll just keep working on them. I mean, if I were perfect I wouldn’t have anything else left to work on, right?

This week I worked on sculpting cat heads; a tougher task than I imagined, even with two live models who will impetuously walk off the job in the middle of a session until they’ve received compensation. Here is a shot of the four heads. My first attempt looked more like a demented rabbit (which I’m sure will turn into a rather crazy art doll) but I was feeling more comfortable with the outcome by the time I got to #4.

CatHeadSculpts

I also prepped some magazine pages with matte medium with the intent of making my own custom paper for collage or ACEO backgrounds. I am following Liz Berg’s instructions in the March/April 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors for this activity.

Finally, I bought a new book: Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist by Elise Dirlam Ching and Kaleo Ching. The book focuses on “strategies to harness the power of  Chi and cultivate the inner artist” through exercises in Chi awareness, art, journaling, and guided imagery.  I love the idea of using movement to stimulate creativity. I’ll let you know what happens as a result.

June/July Accomplishments

Normally, my June accomplishments would’ve been posted in early July but since I was out of the country…so here are my accomplishments for both months.

June

•    Successfully completed Eric Maisel’s Creativity Coaching Training (16 weeks)
•    Restarted Christine Kane’s Uplevel Your Life Mastery class
•    Reviewing and reading aloud daily affirmations 2x/day
•    Delivered art donations to the Arts Alliance
•    Provided an artist demonstration at Five Crows Hand Crafts & Gifts
•    Watched Wayne Dyer’s PBS special “Excuses Begone”
•    Received unexpected income
•    Created content for & sent June e-newsletter to MA customers
•    Attended coaching call with Christine Kane
•    Watched “Music Instinct: Science & Song” on PBS
•    Completed and sent exhibit pieces for the ArtHouse Gallery Canvas Project

July

•    Traveled to Southern France for art workshop with Dayle Doroshow
•    Attended one stage of the Tour de France
•    Visited Durfort, Revel, Soreze, Albi, Foix, and Toulouse, France
•    Took a silk painting class
•    Attended coaching call with Christine Kane
•    Visited the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice Exhibit
•    Attended coaching call with Quinn McDonald
•    Attended Tower of Power concert
•    Attended Uplevel Your Business Teleseminar call with Christine Kane
•    Completed exhibit piece for Peabody Historical Society
•    Enjoyed Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince movie in IMAX
•    Scheduled annual physical
•    Started 30-day exercise challenge

August Goals

Here are some of my goals for August (I did not write or post any goals for July as being in France was my biggest goal.)

  • Update my artist page on the Paradise City Arts Festival website
  • Update my personal websites
  • Create content for and deliver my August e-newsletter
  • Update my customer snail mail list
  • Add new pictures to my Flickr account
  • Clean up my blog: remove old or broken links, update bookshelf images, and general rearrangement
  • Update my LinkedIn page
  • Continue studio cleaning/clearing and house cleaning/clearing
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9 thoughts on “20 Hour Challenge, Accomplishments & Goals

  1. Lots going on in this post. I LOVE your cat heads… they are precious. What will they become? I was so good at blogging once a week when I first started and I still aim for that… but sometimes I don’t make it, but I don’t beat myself up.

    • Hi Judy,

      I thought you’d enjoy the cat heads. One has told me he wants to wear a striped suit. The others are being a bit quiet at the moment. I think I’ll need to sketch out some ideas for bodies and see what happens.

      -Amy

  2. I’m impressed with your process for reviewing your accomplishments! I ignore this step and then often feel like I haven’t gotten anything done. You’ve inspired me to keep on top of the things I’ve completed. It really does help one feel more empowered and energetic.

    Thanks for the book reference. I am a qigong practitioner so this looks very compelling.

    Best wishes for your August accomplishments!

    • Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for visiting and thanks for your encouragement. Creating a list of accomplishments started with Alyson Stanfield. It really helps when you review your year and wonder “what did I do this year?” Well, there it is, right in front of you! Too often we think we didn’t do anything; we tend to diminish our accomplishments. Creating this list shows me I’ve actually done quite a lot and makes me feel successful. I highly recommend it.

      Enjoy the book!

      -Amy

  3. Hooray for all your accomplishments!! The book sounds interesting. Would love to hear what you think of it when you finish.

    • Thanks Leah. Putting my goals out there makes me more accountable because I know someone has seen them and might hold me to them. I’ll let you know my impressions of the book too.

      -Amy

  4. Wow, Amy! You are organized! Perhaps posting this on your blog makes it kinda like an affirmation of your commitment since you have people that witness it. Do you track your time per activity, or do you just round it off? Have you ever tried just tracking it, recording it, and then looking at the end of the week to see how you did?

    Btw, my favorite of the heads is the one at the bottom. 🙂

    • Hi Jessica,

      Yes, posting goals on the blog does put them out in the public and is one way I hold myself accountable. I have a notebook where I track time on various tasks and also use the calendar in Entourage to plug in appointments and different tasks I need to complete each day. Sometimes the tracking is an estimate or rounding up. Other times I use a timer set in one hour increments. I’ve learned that if I don’t give myself some structure to the day I’m likely to spend it in front of the computer and not really getting anything done. The tracking hours is a holdover from the time I spent working as a speech-language pathologist. We had to track our client visits and how we spent our day (paperwork, conferences, etc.)

      Some think the time tracking is anal; what it really tells me is where my time goes. Often we think we’re getting lots done; when we really look at what we’ve done for the day, we often realize we didn’t get much accomplished.

      Thanks for visiting.

      -Amy

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