Resolutions Meet Solutions

Happy New Year, 2017

The new year is off to a wonderfully creative start for Club Creative Studio.  I have taken time to reflect and redirect.  I am excited about little changes as resolutions meet solutions.

My important goals involve ways to be strategic about creative productivity.  Perhaps you have the same desire?  Do you want to find ways to be expressive and creative more effectively?  Have you resolved this year is going to be THE year of creative productivity?

Today, I offer:

Five tips for making this new year more creatively productive.


                                                                                                                                 PLAN TONIGHT. Making notes and filling out a planner the night before for the art projects you have planned for the next day my make you feel less rushed.  You will know your goals ahead of time.  No time is used up to decide what to do.  Your plan of the day is right in front of you already.  The task at hand is ready to be started. Maybe your supplies are organized ahead of time as well?

SHORT TO-DO LIST.  If you have a single word or short to-do list, you may be more productive in the end.  Why make a long list of tasks and have an unfinished project list at the end of the day because you ran out of time? Accomplish goals in baby steps.

INSPIRE yourself.  When you need a spark or rejuvenation, I like the idea of taking a walk.  Write down ideas and use the time for group or solo brainstorming.

SET LIMITS.  Quitting is a choice.  Do you know when to quit? Sometimes stopping work is not project failing.  Knowing when to step away when you are no longer adding value to your task or project is productive.  Not to be confused with procrastination; which is counter productive.  Knowing when to take a break after starting can lead to a fresh restart.

JUST STOP. In order to be productive, you need to learn how to stop whatever does not make you productive in the first place.  Making a “Stop-Doing” list will be reminders of what you should not be doing says, Jocelyn K. Glei, author. List at least ten things that you commit to stop doing this year.  That list may be causing you to not focus on your best works.

This is hopefully a good start for getting the most out of your creative day.  Will any of these points work well for your productivity efforts?  Can you add to the list?

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P is for Prepare

The letter “P” represents preparation for Club Creative Studio.

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. -Elbert Hubbard

Doing well and creating everyday with the intent of improving along the way is a great goal to have. It is actually quite easy for a creative person. We automatically and naturally have experiences that allow us to open doors and grow from the creative process. Preparing ourselves, or being aware that we are capable of even better work the next day and then the next is rewarding.  The work from today, is a big part of the work for tomorrow.

Club Creative Studio Artist
Club Creative Studio Artist

When I think of the word “prepare” I think of all of the little details that I do in advance of working on a project. Do I have the materials I need? Do I have the time and energy? Do I have adequate space? These are questions I seem to mull over in preparation of starting something new. The most important to me however is the question of if I need additional skills or preparation time to create at the level I want to.

Being prepared to begin a new project, may require additional education, knowledge and practice. I never start out thinking that I can “master” any technique when I begin something new or extra challenging. To be fair, no one should place such expectations upon themselves.

The openness and willingness to explore and expand a skill- set is a valuable preparation tool for the future.  This is one of the reasons why I take pride in exploring new techniques, while honing in on the aspects that I do best.

Jewelry-making is challenging in that the creativity level is high and aspects are appreciated on many different levels.  Some people are drawn to the technical aspect of an art piece, while others are purely drawn to the art esthetically. Jewelry also has a personal tie or sparks a memory for some, so being prepared as an artist to reach with a message is very important.

While I await permission to be granted to share the words of a Club Creative Studio Art fan,  please note that this post will be continued. I would like to share a short story on how a “message” can be conveyed through art, and how I was NOT prepared.  Please visit this blog again soon.  Thank you.

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